CRISTIANO RONALDO was awarded a special gong at Fifa’s ‘The Best’ awards after becoming the all-time leading international goalscorer.
Ronaldo, 36 years old, move on Ali Daei of Iran when he scored his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal against the Republic of Ireland in September.
The incredible scoring performance, which included a final-leg winner, saw Ronaldo become the outright international attacking king.
And the veteran Manchester United forward, who currently scores 115 international goals, was honored at the ‘The Best’ ceremony on Monday night in Zurich.
Rnoaldo, who flew by private jet to Switzerland with his partner Georgina Rodriguez and eldest son Cristiano Jr, stated: “First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates, especially the national team. throughout the years.
“I never thought [I would beat] record, score 115 – record is 109, right? So six goals ahead. I am very proud of this special award from FIFA, an organization that I have great respect for.
“Of course, I have to say thank you to my family, my wife, my kids – and I’ll be a father again soon, very proud indeed. It’s an amazing achievement.”
“I still have a passion for the game. Not just to score goals, but also to entertain myself because I’ve been playing since I was five, five or six years old.
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“When I’m on the pitch, even in training, I still enjoy it. My motivation is still there, even though I’m going to be 37 years old.
“I feel good, I feel motivated. I’ve kept working hard since I was 18 and I keep going. I love the game, I still have that passion and I want to keep going.
“Sometimes people ask me how many more years I’m going to play and I say, ‘I hope to play four or five more years’.
“It’s all about the mental side, because I think if you treat your body well, when you need your body, it gives back.”
Despite his unique award, Ronaldo was eliminated on the Player of the Year shortlist.
And the final trophy was given to Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, who controversially missed the December Ballon d’Or for Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo did, however, earn a place in a strange front FOUR in Fifpro’s World XI, where Liverpool’s Mo Salah somehow missed.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy won the Best Goalkeeper award, and Thomas Tuchel was named the Best Coach.
And Erik Lamela takes home the Puskas . Prize for his rabona attack against Arsenal.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17355367/ronaldo-man-utd-portugal-goal-record-award/ Cristiano Ronaldo flies to Zurich with Georgina and son to receive Fifa’s special scoring gong at the ‘The Best’ awards