Cristiano Ronaldo

Sporting Send Out Heartfelt Tweet After Former Youth Product Cristiano Ronaldo is Crowned ‘The Best’

Cristiano Ronaldo won his second consecutive FIFA ‘The Best’ award on Monday night after beating Lionel Messi and Neymar to clinch the crown.

Having lead Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double, the 32 year-old enjoyed yet another successful season last time out. With 42 goals in 46 appearances last season, Ronaldo once again continued his stupendous goalscoring habits. However, despite scoring less than his rival Lionel Messi, his individual performances in the Champions League were unquestionably important, ending up with 12 goals as Los Blancos lifted their twelfth European trophy.

Amazing feeling to have won this award again. Want to dedicate to my family, my friends, my teammates and coaches from both Real Madrid and Portuguese NT and everyone who supported me.

— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 23, 2017

With the ceremony now becoming separate to the Ballon D’or, Ronaldo is yet to equal Messi’s five awards, but the Portugal captain is the firm favourite to clinch the record equalling achievement in December.

Amongst a rush of tributes and congratulatory messages, Sporting Lisbon’s tweet to their former youth product touched the heart of many fans, and must’ve made Ronaldo emotional, thinking back to where it all started.

Ronaldo also appeared in the FIFA team of the year alongside a team mostly made up of Spain’s top two clubs.

Only time will tell whether Real Madrid’s all time record goalscorer can move level with Lionel Messi come December. It would be fitting to see the duo level on Ballon D’or awards, as over the past few years it has become increasingly difficult to pick between them.

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