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VIVA RONALDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE HAVE TO ENJOY THIS!!!! cause 2009 is surely going to be Messi's year...if he doesn't get injured..:D VIVA RONALDO!!!!VIVA CRISTIANU RONALDU!!!!...he has done United proud. hope he'll build up on this succes and create more:Dat United of course. CONGRAT!!!!

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Cristiano Ronaldo crowned

FIFA's awards for 2008 were handed out at a gala ceremony at the Zurich Opera House on 12 January 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo picked up his first FIFA World Player of the Year award on the men's side with Barcelona and Argentina gem Lionel Messi finishing second in the voting and Spain and Liverpool's Fernando Torres rounding out the top three finishers.

On the women's side of things, Brazilian genius Marta picked up her third FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Award on the trot with Germany's Birgit Prinz coming in second and Marta's Brazil teammate Cristiane finishing in third.

The first FIFA Development award was scooped by The Palestinian Football Federation, The FIFA Presidential Award went to Women's Football in general. The FIFA Fair Play Award was handed out to the President and team captain of the Turkish Football Association, Mahmut Özgener and Tuncay Sanli respectively, as well as their counterparts at the Football Federation of Armenia, President Ruben Hayrapetyan and team captain Sargis Hovsepyan.

Ronaldo: It's every player's dream

There is little left to be said about Cristiano Ronaldo and certainly few superlatives yet to be attached to this dazzling and irrepressible winger. At just 23, the Manchester United and Portugal star already has the world at his feet, and he was back to his brilliant best yesterday in the Red Devils' 3-0 win over Chelsea.

Ronaldo had, of course, set the most demanding of benchmarks for himself during a remarkable 2007/08 that encompassed 42 goals and innumerable outstanding performances as United clinched a double of domestic and European titles. By the time the FIFA Club World Cup was added in December, Ronaldo's contribution had been honoured with the European Golden Shoe, Ballon d'Or and FIFPro Player of the Year awards.

There is, however, one honour that Ronaldo has yet to lay his hands on, and he made it clear today that the FIFA World Player award is one that he is desperate to claim.

As he told "It's a great honour to be here along the best footballers in the world. Every player has the dream to win this award. I'm still young and to be here [at the Gala] for the second time, that's amazing.

"2008 was a great year, individually and, most importantly, collectively. We have won the Premier League, the Champions League and the Club World Cup. I also scored many beautiful goals last and I gladly remember the ones against Portsmouth, Roma, West Ham or Bolton."

Ronaldo, who missed out to Kaka in the running for last year's FIFA World Player Award, also insisted that there is no chance of him resting on his laurels having achieved global renown so early in his career.

"I'm still ambitious," he said. "I want to carry on and get better and better, even though it's hard to achieve that. My ambition is huge."

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Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the Fifa World Player of the Year for 2008 during a glittering awards ceremony in Zurich.

The Portuguese superstar sees his achievements from the 2007/08 season rewarded with football's most prestigious individual honour.

He has already claimed the FIFPro World Player of the Year title and the highly-regarded Ballon d'Or crown, but has now added the top prize to his ever-growing roll of honour.

Ronaldo scored an incredible 42 goals for Sir Alex Ferguson's men last term, helping them to Premier League and UEFA Champions League glory.

The 23-year-old becomes the first player from the English top-flight to take the award and succeeds AC Milan playmaker Kaka as the best player on the planet.

Ronaldo also emulates the achievement of his countryman Luis Figo who took the prize in 2001.

Meanwhile, Brazil international Marta was named Fifa Women's World Player of the Year.,19528,11095_4785440,00.html?20090112205423
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