Cristiano Ronaldo continues to right history as he goes having been awarded his 10th Portuguese Player of the Year award.
The 34-year-old has dominated his country’s annual awards night since 2007 and has taken the top gong each year since 2007 – bar exceptions in 2010 and 2014 when Simao and Pepe respectively won the awards.
Ronaldo, fresh from leading Juventus to an eighth straight Serie A title last season, beat off competition from Atletico Madrid starlet Joao Felix, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Wolves’ Ruben Neves.
The glamorous awards evening took place at the Carlos Lopes Pavilion in Lisbon where Ronaldo, reflecting on a tough year, paid homage to his early days at Sporting Lisbon in his speech.
‘This world is so fast, with the social media, the press, it’s been wild,’ Ronaldo said.
‘It’s been an extremely complicated year on a personal level. Don’t let anyone pull you down.
‘I can’t help but mention that Sporting deserves a little prize. Next time.’