Just when you thought Ronaldo had won it all.
You would be mistaken for thinking that Cristiano Ronaldo had won all the personal awards and plaudits there were top be won.
Hail the Marca Legends Award.
He was the proud recipient of the self-proclaimed “prestigious MARCA Legend award”
An award as recognition for all he has achieved in his footballing career so far, and his status across the footballing world.
The Portuguese superstar was presented the award by MARCA director Juan Ignacio Gallardo in a ceremony held at the Teatro Reina Victoria in Madrid.
It is reported by Marca the venue was filled to capacity with various other news outlets present, superstars from across the celebrity spectrum and also fans.
Ronaldo himself made a heartfelt dedication.
“This trophy is going to be in a very nice place in my museum,” he said.
“Madrid is special; I travel a lot but there are few cities like Madrid. Much of this award is derived from what I did at Real Madrid.”
“It is a Spanish trophy and I am very honoured to receive it.”
“Thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve it.”
“It is a matter of pride to me. And I hope to return to Madrid soon.”
Ronaldo was accompanied by his agent Jorge Mendes, his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
The list of prior recipients makes for quite some reading but he is preceded in footballing terms by some true greats. Lionel Messi, Raul Gonzalez, Diego Maradona, Pele, and Paolo Maldini.
His accolades though, speak for themselves and perhaps vindicate the title of “Legend.”
Between Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus;
Five Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, three Premier League titles, two LaLiga titles, one Italian Serie A Scudetto.
Internationally; one European Championship and one League of Nations.
The all-time leading scorer in the Champions League (127 goals)
All-time leading scorer for Real Madrid (451 goals)
All-time leading scorer for Portugal (88 goals).
Not to mention five Balon D’Or.
At 34 years of age, he’s still going strong.