Cristiano Ronaldo won The Best FIFA Special Award for becoming the all-time leading goalscorer at the international level.
The 36-year-old Manchester United star has now scored 115 goals for Portugal, breaking Ali Daei’s previous record of 109.
Yesterday, Ronaldo received a special in-person award and was also named in the FIFPRO Men’s World11 for 2021.
“It’s a dream. First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates, especially in the national team during the last 20 years that I used to play with. I never thought of beating that record,” Ronaldo said.
“I have to say thank you to my family, my wife, my kids – soon I will be a father again! I’m really proud, it’s a great achievement to be the top scorer of all time.”
“It’s a passion, I still have a passion for the game, not just to score goals but to entertain myself,” Ronaldo added. “I’ve played football since I was five or six years old so whenI get to the pitch even in training I still enjoy it and my motivation’s still good.
“I’m 37 soon, I feel good and motivated. I keep working hard since I was 18 and I continue. I have that passion and want to continue.
“People ask sometimes how many more years I’m going to play and I say I hope to play more than four or five years. It’s all about mentally, because physically if you treat your body good, it’ll treat you back.”