Two consecutive PFA awards, one European Golden Boot trophy, one FIFPro accolade and now the prestigious Ballon dâ€™Orâ€¦ these are only a few individual titles out of many that Ronaldo has scooped since being at Old Trafford.
The grown Madeira boy has been enjoying a successful and remarkable career in England which some fellow professionals sincerely admire.
This includes his Ballon dâ€™Or predecessor, Ricardo Kaka.
”I like the speed with which he runs with the ball,” the Brazilian Star revealed. ”He’s a fundamental player. I like him a lot.”
Luis Felipe Scolari, Messiâ€™s club mate Samuel Etoâ€™o, Portugalâ€™s former skipper Luis Figo and many more illustrious football personalities all spoke on the video montage for TF1â€™s televised program on Sunday where Ronaldo was officially and publicly awarded the Golden Ball.
Manchester Unitedâ€™s manager Sir Alex Ferguson was extremely proud of Ronaldoâ€™s individual triumph, adding that this was just the beginning. The coach also did not hide the fact that he would love to see Ronaldo succeeding in no other club than Manchester United.
And at the fansâ€™ relief, Ronaldo has made his mind exactly like Fergieâ€™s wish.
The leading character in last summerâ€™s transfer soap-opera pledged his future at Old Trafford, during the celebratory dinner in Paris, in a manner that revealed his inner feelings.
”I feel at home there,” he told France Football talking about Manchester of course.
”I arrived there when I was very young and I have won individual and team trophies there.
”Today I have this individual award that makes me very happy; it’s the fulfilment of work that I have been doing for a long time. But I am ambitious. I have to keep on lifting individual and team trophies.”
”I hope everything will be good again this year,” he said on TF1. ”And that we’ll win the Champions League again and the Premier League also, which is the club’s priority.
Ronaldo then dismissed any speculations that he might want to taste new adventures with a new club in the near future.
”It’s not the time to talk about other clubs at the moment,â€ the Portuguese said when asked about that.
â€œI’m happy here and I’m going to stay,â€ Ronaldo concluded.
The 23 year old was recently reported as saying that life in Manchester â€“ with no beach and no sun like in Portugal â€“ makes him homesick, but his glittering career seems to liberate him from the nostalgia in his private life.
Suppositions that Ronaldo may head towards a country like Spain or Italy, where the sun wakes up earlier than the man, consequently look â€œbeautiful but untrueâ€.
In the meantime, the Red Devils are considering creating a new lucrative contract for the recently crowned Ballon dâ€™Or winner.
Written by: Angela Asante