Monday, January 20, 2014


Another accolade: Cristiano Ronaldo has had a great year in which he led Portugal to World Cup qualification 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'. 

Highly thought of: President Anibal Cavaco Silva (right) gave Ronaldo the medal and ribbon at the ceremony
'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.'

Honoured: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been made an official of the Order of Prince Henry
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.

Thumbs up: The award comes just a week after Cristiano Ronaldo won the 2013 Ballon d'Or

'Winning the World Cup is a dream,' Ronaldo said. 'It would be the peak of my career.' 

All smiles: Cristiano Ronaldo (left) was understandably proud of his impact being acknowledged
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'. 
The medal: Cristiano Ronaldo's family, and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, were also at the ceremony
President Cavaco also praised his 'hard work, discipline, determination and will to win'.


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