Cristiano Ronaldo added yet another gong to his ever-enlarging trophy cabinet on Monday as he won the best player of the year at the Globe Soccer awards in Dubai.
Real Madrid were the big winners at the sixth edition of the awards, with Los Blancos named club of the year, Florentino Perez best president of the year, Carlo Ancelotti best coach of the year, and James Rodriguez named revelation of the year.
I hope that it’s a good sign [for the Ballon d’Or], but I’m not worried about that. The people who vote already have. I just feel happy it’s one more trophy for my dedication and hard work. I want to say thank you to the people at Real Madrid, the players, the coach. We had a fantastic season, we won four trophies and we’re one of the best sides in the world. To win this award is a great pleasure, I am very proud.
Ronaldo is nominated alongside Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or—which will be awarded in Zurich on Jan. 12, 2015—after a year which included a second Champions League victory for the 29-year-old.
He broke the record for most goals scored during a European Cup campaign, scoring 17 times in 11 matches, and he has already netted 25 times in 14 La Liga appearances this term.
Ronaldo had previously won the Globe Soccer best player of the year award in 2011 and 2013.
In Pictures: Globe Soccer Awards 2014