Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as Player of the Century at the 2020 Globe Soccer Awards after he finished ahead of Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Mohamed Salah.
A star studded event was held in Dubai where the Portuguese was deemed to be the best player between 2001 and 2020, after winning five Champions League titles, three Premier Leagues with Manchester United and two LaLiga Santander trophies with Real Madrid, as well as the Nations League with Portugal.
“Thank you, to everyone who voted for me, to my family, to my mother and sisters,” Cristiano said.
“It is an exceptional achievement. It gives me the motivation to move forward.
“To be named the best is a great honour, I hope that this situation is over next year and that we can have more fun, thank you very much.
“I hope to still be able to play for more years. It is an exceptional achievement. It gives me the motivation to move forward.
“To be named the best is a great honour, I hope that this situation is over next year and that we can have more fun, thank you very much. I hope to still be able to play for more years.”
Elsewhere at the Globe Soccer Awards, Robert Lewandowski won Best Player of the Year, Hans Dieter Flick lifted the Best Coach of the Year award, and Iker Casillas was handed a Player Career Award.
Lewandowski wins the 2020 Globe Soccer Player of the Year award
Real Madrid named Globe Soccer 2001-2020 Club of the Century
Bayern win the 2020 Globe Soccer Club of the Year
Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t the only big winner at Sunday’s Globe Soccer Awards, where he was named as the 21 century’s best player, as Real Madrid and Pep Guardiola achievements were also honoured.
Robert Lewandowski also picked up the award for being 2020’s best player at the ceremony, for which MARCA is the official newspaper, in Dubai.
While Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick beat Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini to be named 2020’s best coach, it was Guardiola who picked up the biggest coaching honour, winning the Coach of the Century award, beating Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, and Sir Alex Ferguson.
There was no doubting Bayern’s win as the best club of 2020 ahead of Real Madrid and Liverpool, but it was the current Spanish champions who won the prize for the Club of the Century.
“Real Madrid are such a successful club thanks to the support of our many fans who drive us to constantly grow,” said Emilio Butragueno, who received the award on Real Madrid’s behalf.
Jorge Mendes won the award for being the century’s best agent. Iker Casillas and Gerard Pique also received recognition for their respective careers.
Guardiola wins Globe Soccer 2001-2020 Coach of the Century
Hansi Flick wins the 2020 Globe Soccer Coach of the Year
Nigeria Not Yet Ripe For World Cup Triumph — Rohr
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr
Olusola Jide Jide
Wed Feb 24 2021
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has stated that Nigeria is not yet good enough to win the FIFA World Cup yet.
Rohr who stated this in a YouTube interview session with New Central TV also said Africa cannot challenge other continents for the coveted title.
“We are not ready to win the world cup, for some reason, First reason for me is the organisation, still a lots of problems in travelling arrangement, preparations and venue for games.
“France is the champions at the moment, where are they playing? They are playing in PSG, Bayern Munich. Four of them are world champions at their clubs also.
“When you have your players in the best clubs there is a probability that you are the best team in the world.
“So what we have in Nigeria for example, we have our players in Fulham, in West Bromwich. It’s not Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester United or Barcelona. But the other ones have their players there.
“So it would be a miracle if we actually win the world cup, Rohr said.
Ex-Italy Defender Dies After Legs Amputated Due To COVID-19
Ex-Italy defender Mauro Bellugi had died after having both of his legs amputated following complications with Covid-19.
Bellugi was admitted to hospital in early November after being diagnosed with the virus.
He then underwent emergency surgery to amputate both of his legs after a pre-existing condition worsened.
The former Inter Milan player remained in a Milanese hospital and passed away on Saturday at the age of 71.
His loss has been felt across Italy where Serie A clubs all held a minute’s silence before kick-off at the weekend.
CL: Liverpool / Leipzig Clash Doubtful Over New German Travel Rules
Germany’s strict new travel restrictions have cast doubt over RB Leipzig’s Champions League last 16 meeting with Liverpool, after a government spokesperson told AFP on Monday that the rules do not exempt professional athletes.
The ban on travellers from countries hit by new, more contagious coronavirus variants such as Britain contains “no special provision for professional sportspeople”, an interior ministry spokesperson told AFP.
Introduced on Saturday and in place until February 17, the new rules could scupper Premier League champions Liverpool’s trip to Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena the day before.
Unless they are granted special exemption, Liverpool staff and players would be unable to enter Germany from Britain according to the rules.
While coach Jurgen Klopp would be allowed into the country as a German national, he would have to leave most of his team behind.
Germany introduced the tougher travel restrictions on certain countries in a bid to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants.
The countries affected by the ban are Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa, as well as the southern African kingdoms of Lesotho and Eswatini.
The entry restrictions cover arrivals by air, bus, rail and sea, and allow exceptions for medical workers and others in key jobs.
Yet the interior ministry spokesperson said Monday that there would only be “a few, narrow exemptions”.
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