Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his gratitude to FIFA for recognising him as the all-time leading goalscorer in men’s international football

Cristiano Ronaldo got the FIFA Best FIFA Special Award for overtaking Iran great Ali Daei as the all-time most goalscorer in men’s international football.

To finish off a great night in Zurich, Ronaldo was also named to the FIFPro Men’s World XI for the 15th year in a row.

“It’s incredibly wonderful,” Ronaldo remarked after receiving the Best FIFA Special Award from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“It was a dream,” says the narrator. I never considered breaking that record of 115 points. Isn’t it true that the previous high score was 109? So I’m six steps ahead of schedule. I’m ecstatic to have received a Special Award from FIFA, an institution I greatly like.”

Ronaldo expressed his joy at receiving such a prestigious award on Instagram.

He also promised to use it as ‘additional fuel and drive’ to aid Manchester United and Portugal, as well as give tribute to all of his teammates and opponents during his career.

“Winning the FIFA Special Best Award is a major honour and honour for me. The fact that such a prestigious institution chose to honour me as the all-time leading goalscorer in FIFA tournaments is the pinnacle of my own achievements as a representative of my beloved nation.

“Now it’s up to me to use this award as extra motivation to help Manchester United achieve all of their goals for this season, as well as the upcoming play-off matches in March, so that Portugal can compete in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and we can all continue writing this incredible storey together.”

“Last but not least, a special message to all of the outstanding players who have represented Portugal alongside me for the past two decades, as well as all of the foreign players I have faced on numerous occasions all over the world. Your talent, professionalism, and quality have always helped me improve as a player. Thank you very much!”

Pele congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram

Pele on Instagram: Cristiano, congratulations for the special tribute from FIFA. I really want to meet you in person to give you my hug. I recorded this message very carefully. See you soon!

Pele on Instagram: Cristiano, congratulations for the special tribute from FIFA. I really want to meet you in person to give you my hug. I recorded this message very carefully. See you soon!

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