Winner of the first ever edition of The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken about his latest addition to his trophy cabinet after taking to the stage to accept the highest individual player award in world football on Monday.
Ronaldo who saw off competition from fellow nominees Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Antoine Griezmann (France) in the vote in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com after saying: " I have said it a few times: this has probably been the best year of my career. Having won the [UEFA EURO 2016] trophy with the national team obviously plays a big part in it as it was a first for Portugal and this makes 2016 a very special year. READ MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo's trophy cabinet
"But there is also Real Madrid winning the Champions League and then the Club World Cup to finish the year in the best possible manner. It was a spectacular year; a truly special one. I have no doubt that it has been my best since I have started to play football.
"I have no doubt that I am already a part of football’s history. This has always been my major goal, since I started playing: not only to become a player, but to be a star and to constantly strive to be the best.
"And I did it: the trophies speak for themselves – both the titles, the individual awards, and the records. It is a source of great pride and it motivates me to keep on working the same way I have been doing so far.READ MORE: FIFA Awards: Mikel, Rohr differ on Ronaldo
"This is the first time that FIFA has organised this award, and this makes it even more special. It is an enormous privilege for me." Ronaldo told FIFA.com
The former Manchester United star also looked ahead to the challengers lying in wait as we build towards the fast-approaching FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, where Portugal, led by their inspirational captain, will make their first appearance at the tournament.