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Cristiano Ronaldo world player of year

Publish Time 2009-01-13 14:14:22

Cristiano Ronaldo, the 23-year-old Manchester United winger, was named FIFA's world player of the year for 2008 on January 12. He became the first Premier League player to be selected world player of the year and only the second Portuguese player after Luis Figo, who finished ahead of David Beckham in 2001. According to Los Angeles Times, Ronaldo was the odds-on favorite to win the award for 2008 after helping Manchester United win both the Premier League and European Champions League titles. He finished with 935 votes from national team coaches and players worldwide, far ahead of Argentine runner-up Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who helped Spain win Euro 2008, was third with 203 votes. Torres' Spanish teammate Xavi and last year's winner, Kaka, also were finalists. "It is a dream for me to get this prize because I want to bring the team and my country forward," Ronaldo said after receiving the award from Pele at the FIFA Gala in Zurich. Ronaldo might be the best soccer player on the planet at the moment in the opinion of his peers, but his lifestyle shows that he has a long way to go before he can be called mature.
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