Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo was chosen as the FIFA World Player of the Year in a grand reception held in Switzerland. The award marks the end of a streak of top soccer honours being given to the Portuguese star for 2008.
“It is an overwhelming moment, a very special moment in my life,” Ronaldo said. “I would like to say to my mother and sister that the fireworks can be fired off now.
It is a dream for me to get this prize because I want to bring the team and my country forward.”
Ronaldo is only the first Premier League player to receive the 18-year old award. His win didn’t surprise anyone as he was the top favourite, mainly because of the exceptional performance he showed in Manchester United’s both EPL and Champions League triumphs last season.
He got 935 votes from the national team coaches and players from all the participating countries. Other finalists were Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and last year’s winner Brazilian midfielder Kaka.
In the women’s category, Brazilian striker Marta got the coveted honour for the third straight year.