Ronaldo wins Best Men’s Player of the Year 2019 at Dubai Globe Soccer Awards (PHOTOS]
Portugal and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has added another gong in his trophy-laden cabinet.
Ronaldo ended 2019 by winning the Best Men's Player Award at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards on Sunday.
The superstar who has shown no signs of slowing down at the age of 34 also helped Juventus claim the Italian Super Cup, 2018-19 Serie A title in his first season in Italy.
He also played a key role in Portugal winning the UEFA Nations League against the Netherlands.
"I have to thank my family, my girlfriend, my boy there, Cristiano, my three kids who are waiting for me in the hotel, my friends, my team-mates of Juventus and the national team, my agent, all the people here tonight who support this gala.
"I have to say thank you to the Arabic community, which is always great for me. I have to thank Dubai as well – it's a marvellous place to be, I'm coming every year and I love this place.
"And finally to thank [everyone] who voted for me. It's a great honour to be here and receive this amazing award. I hope to be here next year to receive this award, of course. Thanks to everyone, and a happy New Year,” an ecstatic Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo, who came third in the 2019 Ballon d'Or rankings behind Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and winner Lionel Messi, has now won the award six times out of its nine years of existence.
Atletico Madrid’s youngster Joao Felix was also named as the "best revelation player" while midfield maestro Miralem Pjanic was given the "player career" award.
2019 World Cup sensation Lucy Bronze was crowned best women's player of the year, while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was named as the best manager.
"I am sharing this award equally with my staff, I would not achieve this one without them and of course without the performance of the team,” said Klopp who was not in attendance.
"We started the development from two and a half years ago, we had to solve the problems we had in the beginning, changing the players was the main factor for success, and it is obvious, their quality and mentality are the reason for what we achieved. "We are in a good way...I hope 2020 will be like 2019."
Sports stars who won the Globe Soccer awards:
Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Best Women's Player: Lucy Bronze
Best Referee: Stephanie Frappart
Best Revelation Player: Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid and Portugal)
Best Coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Best Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker
Best Club: Liverpool
Best Academy: Ajax and Benfica
Best Agent: Jorge Mendes
Best Partnership of the Year Award by SportBusiness: Manchester City and SAP
Best Sporting Director: Andrea Berta (Atletico Madrid)
Best Young Arab Player: Achraf Hakimi
Kooora – Best Arab Club: Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)
Kooora – Best Arab Player: Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Nassr FC, Saudi Arabia)
Player Career Award: Miralem Pjanic and Ryan Giggs
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