Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United has been recognized for his extraordinary career accomplishments at The FIFA Best Awards of 2021.
The 36-year-old set a new record for men’s international goals with a brace against the Republic of Ireland, bringing his career total to 115.
His unique prize is the first to be presented at the FIFA Best awards, and it could not have been presented to a more worthy player.
“To begin, I want to express my gratitude to my teammates, particularly the national team, over the previous 2020 years,” Ronaldo said on stage in Zurich, Switzerland, where the event was place.
“I never imagined [I would break] the record, scoring 115 – the previous record was 109, correct?
Thus, six goals ahead.
I’m overjoyed to receive this prestigious honor from FIFA, an organization I greatly respect.”
Not on the shortlist for The Best
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was left off the overall individual award shortlist, which was eventually won by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Despite this, Ronaldo was named to the 2021 team of the year, despite the fact that Mohamed Salah, who finished third in the individual award voting, was not included.
Along with his 115 goals for Portugal, he has scored 687 goals for club and country, bringing his total to an unequaled 802.
Those teams include Sporting CP, Manchester United (two periods), Real Madrid, and Juventus, where he won several titles.
Ronaldo has missed Manchester United’s previous two matches, both against Aston Villa, as the Red Devils moved to the FA Cup final at Old Trafford before being held to a draw at Villa Park.