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
Xavi To Sign New Deal With Al Sadd – With Barcelona Clause
Xavi is set to sign a new deal with Al Sadd.
The Barcelona great will commit to the Qataris to June 2023.
However, AS says the contract will also include a ‘Barca clause’ which will allow Xavi to leave for his former club without a fee needed to break the agreement.
The former Spain midfielder is due to put pen to paper this week.
Xavi led Al Sadd to the Qatari title last season.
Tottenham Interested in Barcelona Defender Emerson Royal
Estadio Deportivo says Spurs are among a number of potential suitors interested in taking on the player, who currently plays his football at Real Betis.
The Catalan giants are keen to sell the 22-year-old and have put a £21million (€25m) price tag on the Brazilian.
Barca currently own 50 per cent of the player but have the option to purchase another 30 per cent from Betis if they so wish.
But Betis, who would like to keep him, cannot afford to sign him permanently due to lack of funds.
Emerson’s current deal with Betis runs until the end of the season, when Barcelona will have the option to sign him for £5.2m.
Barcelona Becomes World’s Richest Club Ahead of Real Madrid (See Top 10)
Real topped the rankings two years ago, which was the last time the list was published
Here’s the full list below, according to Forbes:
- Barcelona – $4.76billion (£3.46bn)
- Real Madrid – $4.75billion (£3.46bn)
- Bayern Munich – $4.22billion (£3.07bn)
- Manchester United – $4.2billion (£3.06bn)
- Liverpool – $4.1billion (£2.98bn)
- Manchester City – $4billion (£2.91bn)
- Chelsea – $3.2billion (£2.33bn)
- Arsenal – $2.8billion (£2.04bn)
- Paris Saint-Germain – $2.5billion (£1.82bn)
- Tottenham Hotspur – $2.3billion (£1.67bn)
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