The five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned Player of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards which took place at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on Thursday night.
The Juventus superstar was named ahead of French footballers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to pick up the award for the fifth time.
Simeone’s Atletico, was named Best Club of the Year with chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin
Zvonimir Boban, the former Croatian footballer currently serving as Fifa’s deputy secretary general, was bestowed the Special Career Award. Other winners on the night included Jorge Mendes (Best Agent Of The Year), Fabio Paratici of Juventus (Best Sporting Director Of The Year) and Sami Al Jaber (Arab Career Award).
Juve’s Blaise Matuidi and the former Brazilian forward Ronaldo was honoured with the Player Career Award, as was French footballer Blaise Matuidi were also among the recipients of the various honours handed out.
Frenchman Didier Deschamps, who won the Best Coach Of The Year Award for his role in Les Bleus’ World Cup win beating out an impressive list of nominees that included Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Simeone’s Atletico, meanwhile, were named Best Club of the Year with chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin.
Matuidi was recognised for his career progress, while the Brazilian Ronaldo, Fabio Capello and Zvonimir Boban were given awards for past achievements in the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved from Spanish giants Real Madrid to Serie A champions Juventus during the 2018 summer transfer window
The Portuguese footballer who attended the event with fiancee Georgina Rodriguez and son Cristiano Junior, said: ‘What better way to start the new year. Thanks for the appreciation and the care that I have received today.’