Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo recently received the ‘Best Player of the Year’ title at the Globe Soccer Awards ceremony in Dubai. Other contestants for the title was Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezzmann and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe. However, it was the Juventus star who came out on top to win the coveted award for the third consecutive time. In the same ceremony, Ronaldo also bagged the ‘Best Goal of the Year’ award.
The Global Soccer Awards is the third most prestigious award in football. Contrary to the results in this ceremony, the FIFA award recognised Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah as the winner of the Puskas award (best goal awarded by FIFA).
In his acceptance speech, Ronaldo took a jibe at FIFA for ignoring his goal for the Puskas. According to LiveSoccerTv, the footballer said he might have won the Puskas Award if FIFA’s executives “knew more about football”.
“I see that those who understand this sport realize how hard it is to score a goal such as this one,” Ronaldo said.
“I have scored nearly 700 goals in my career, and that one is by far the best. The only downside is that I scored it against my current team.”
The former Real Madrid star had a stellar 2018, winning the Champions league with the Spanish Club while also finish as the second highest scorer with 49 goals. His arch-rival Lionel Messi had two more goals than him. In July, Ronaldo switched from Madrid to Juventus for a club record deal of 100 million euros.