The Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently playing for the Spanish giant Real Madrid admitted that he would have liked to see FC Barcelona’s players in the audience as he lifted the 2016 FIFA Best Player award.
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4 major trophies
1 Ballon d’Or
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The 31-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo added the crown to the Ballon d'Or he was awarded back in December after defeating the five times Ballon d’Or Lionel Messi, who were not present to see him triumph along with his Barca team mates.
And during his acceptance speech, the Portugal captain and Spanish giant Real Madrid’s hotshot Cristiano Ronaldo has pointed out that neither the 29-year-old Argentine ace Lionel Messi nor the rest of the FC Barcelona’s side were present to see him triumph on Tuesday.
As the Portugal international said in his speech, "I would like thank very warmly all those that voted for me, the fans, the captains and the media. Thank you,"
"I don't really have anything to add, awards speak for themselves. I'm really, really happy.”
"I'm sorry that some people from Barcelona aren't here with us and that's understandable but thank you to everyone. Thank you for what you've given me."
And the all time star forward Ronaldo, who has already scored more than 450 career goals added that 2016 was the best of his career, which he can’t forget ever,
"It's not the first time but this award is really for me the first time. I'm really happy, I'd like to thank my team-mates and of course the whole team of Real Madrid and the coach,"
"And thank you for everything you've done. I'd like to thank my family, Gill, my brothers, my mum and my whole staff, 100 per cent.”
“And I tell you, 2016 was the best of my career. I had a lot of doubts but the trophy showed that I lived up to that and I was able to achieve what I could in the competitions.”
"After the competitions I won I had no doubts that I'd be able to get it. It was a year that was magnificent on a personal level, at a sports level. I will never forget this wonderful moment."