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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

http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball...d=991288.html#ronaldo+its+every+players+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 FIFA.com: "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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Sporting4Ever said:
By the way, if I read things right, this the 1st time a Premier League player gets the award, correct?

If so, even more congrats to United.

And, Portugal has it's 2nd player to receive this award, and I think Sporting is the 1st club to have two of it's youngsters also receive it, so congrats to us too :D

Well done and thank you Sporting for developing such talent.

Please send us some more and can we get a refund on Nani? ;)
 

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babysenorita said:
As the only representative from man utd, it is very nice of him to mention his teamates and the gaffer in his speech and the fact that he acknowledge their contribution and assistance to make him what he is, deserved applause. As much as he is a birth canal * pardon my language* i will never take away anything from him as he has truly done magnificently well last season and deserved it without doubt.


Looking at him trying hard to control that tears, it shows how much this meant to him and him apologising to the press to excuse him for leaving early as he has training the next morning for the game against Wigan whom he said an important big game, that moved me.


Well done Ronny...! I hate him but yet i love him more
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LOL! at the brith canal bit - how I agree with you.

Tbh he is hishly-irritating when he does his whigniing and gesticulating nonsense, but he had a tremendous season and deserves all the accolades.

I think maybe his Ferrari crash has given him an injection of humility. He could have perished in that crash and hopefully he's close shave will give him some humility and maturity to take him to the next level.

he was actually more team-orientated against Chelsea...... let's hope he keeps maturing.
 
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