Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to be crowned Player of the Century at Globe Soccer Awards

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola were honored at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, the duo named player and coach of the century respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola were honored at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, the duo named player and coach of the century respectively.

Juventus forward Ronaldo collected the award in person at a ceremony at the Armani Hotel on Sunday, beating his rival Lionel Messi for the award.

The 35-year-old, who has won national league titles in Spain, England and Italy and Euro 2016 with Portugal, admitted his pride in receiving the accolade, given to the player judged the best between 2001 and 2020.

“It’s a pleasure to win titles,” said Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, at the event.

“It is not easy to be at the top of the game for so many years. I am very proud, but without a team, great coaches and clubs it is not possible ”.

Ronaldo also responded on Twitter saying, “I couldn’t be happier with tonight’s award! Now that I am about to celebrate my 20th year as a professional soccer player, Globe Soccer Player Of The Century is a recognition that I receive with great joy and pride. “

Guardiola was honored for a coaching career that has seen him win league championships in Spain, Germany and England, as well as the Champions League twice.

The Manchester City coach was not present at the gala, although he accepted the award through a pre-recorded video message.

However, both Ronaldo and Messi missed out on the 2020 male player of the year award as it went to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern’s hat-trick from the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal also saw coach Hansi Flick rewarded as coach of the year.

Real Madrid were named club of the century at the ceremony, while Bayern collected the 2020 team award.

Jorge Mendes was named Agent of the Year in 2020, winning the award alongside his longtime client, Ronaldo.

The Globe Soccer Awards, founded in 2010, recognize excellence in soccer with an annual gala dinner and awards ceremony.

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