FIFA Balon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is getting all the accolades as he has received one of Portugal's highest honours from his country President, Anibal Cavaco Silva
Ronaldo was awarded a medal and ribbon, making
him an official of the Order of Prince Henry at a formal ceremony in
Lisbon's Presidential palace.
The Real Madrid star said it was 'a moment of great pride' that gave him 'the motivation to keep working, and even harder in the future'.
'I look upon football as fun,' said
Ronaldo, 28. 'There's a while to go before I retire, and I want to win
more trophies at club and national level.'
The Portugal captain, who a week earlier won the 2013 Ballon d'Or, is
Portugal's most high-profile athlete and their leading scorer,
alongside the retired Pauleta, with 47 goals.
'Winning the World Cup is a dream,' Ronaldo said. 'It would be the peak of my career.'
President Anibal Cavaco Silva said at
the ceremony, attending by Ronaldo's family, Portuguese government
officials, Spanish diplomats, Real president Florentino Perez and
Portugal boss Paulo Bento, that the forward deserved recognition because
he 'brings prestige for Portugal around the world'.
President Cavaco also praised his 'hard work, discipline,
determination and will to win'.