The Portuguese was given the award by MARCA director Juan Ignacio Gallardo at the Teatro Reina Victoria in Madrid, a venue that was filled to capacity with numerous national and international press outlets, as well as fans who wanted to see their idol in the flesh.
“This trophy is going to be in a very nice place in my museum,” said an emotional Ronaldo.
“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.”
Cristiano Ronaldo on his Ballon d`Or chances :
Going after his sixth Ballon d’Or: “I hope I can win it. The main thing is that my career has continued to go well after Madrid. It isn’t easy leaving Madrid as I did, after nine years, at the age of 33… and it [2018/19] was a really good year for me because I won Serie A, the Coppa Italia, and the Nations League with Portugal. It’s one of the best seasons I’ve had, both individually and collectively.”