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Ronaldo Starts Off The Award Winning Run… With Rio Tagging Along

Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed the first of what is likely to be a few awards this season, after being named FifPro World Footballer of the Year.

Rio Ferdinand was also named among the best eleven players in the World last season, which will be well received by our defender who was overlooked in the Balon d’Or shortlist.

FifPro is the worldwide representative organisation for professional football players, with more than 57,500 members taking part in the voting process.

“To be recognised by my fellow players is amazing,” said Ronaldo. “I would like to thank my team-mates and coaches and everyone involved at United and the national team, as well as my family and friends for their support.”

Ronaldo was included in the strongest XI last season, although lost out on the overall award to Kaka. Here is the team in full:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain/Real Madrid)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid); John Terry (England/Chelsea); Carles Puyol (Spain/ Barcelona); Rio Ferdinand (England/Manchester United)

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (England/Liverpool); Xavi (Spain/Barcelona); Kaka (Brazil/AC Milan).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona); Fernando Torres (Spain/Liverpool); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Manchester United)

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19 Comments

  1. 689908 says:

    Congratulations Cristiano

    and well done Rio. best centre back in the world.

  2. THIS_IS_MANCHESTER says:

    am i missing something here, but john terry? surely there are better CBs then him. i really am begining to think that perhaps he is a world class CB but i just cant see it.

    well done to CR7 and rio tho (best CB in the world!)

  3. TinManUnited says:

    John Ferry Terry, spit. spit.

  4. Stephen says:

    How is Terry better than Vida, he isn’t even better than Carvalho at Chelsea!
    Well done Ronnie.

  5. Spencer says:

    Terry is incredibly over rated, not to mention the fact that he infuriates me, that the media and himself try to potray him as such a nice guy, when we all know different. I think how he treated Rio, just to get his grubby hands on the England captaincy was nothing short of a disgrace and having watched him for the last two seasons, Rio and Vida have both outshone him.

    Well done Ronnie

  6. DuudeLove says:

    Why the fuck is Kaka’ in that team? He hardly did anything during 07/08 what with injuries and poor form. How the hell did he get in that team ahead of Rooney. It’s disgusting, he could only help guide the great AC Milan to a UEFA cup spot and that merits a place in the team of the year?

  7. Ste says:

    i think its meant to be the best team on FIFA, rather than an award nominated by players. Gerrard? Sergio Ramos? Kaka? John Terry? Iker Casillas?

    What a bullshit team.

  8. JIM says:

    happy for them but i get a right pain in my left ball the way rooney is never in these teams

  9. unitedgirl15 says:

    Why John Terry!?

    But finally Rio gets recognised.
    Well done Ronnie aswell.
    Lovely speech too.

  10. divedivedive says:

    Its a fucking scandal that ronaldo gets awards, whats he done, littered the euros and the world cup with cheating, virtually every domestic game with diving and rolling on the floor and he gets awards for this. They are devalued when cheats get the awards. Lets hope rio turns up to collect any award that he is due, he has a habit of forgetting appointments. Then you want rooney to get awards, just invent your own and get mike riley to present them, hes always giving you generous and dodgy decisions.

  11. Drew Vader says:

    I dont care what team you support you cunt but i guarantee it has players who dive. So please, fuck off with your holier than thou posts.

  12. Drew Vader says:

    Oh, and whats Ronaldo done you ask? 42 goals in 47 games and won the double. Now fuck off

  13. Scott the Red says:

    Divedivedive – I find your obsession with this blog and United quite worrying to be honest. Nothing better to do than read article after article on United? It’s weird.

  14. Raaaaawr says:

    Yea mate get the fuck out…

  15. OTRed says:

    An Arsenal fan obsessed with United…whoopdedooo…how surprising…divedivedive should head on over to redcafe, there are other Arsenal fans who have thousands of post on a United site.

  16. jon jonson says:

    cograts to cristiano & rio too…

  17. Haakon says:

    How do Stevie-the-badge-kisser-G get on these lists? Ridicolous.

  18. suhayl says:

    YEH YOU FUCKIN ARSEHOLE HOGGER…JUST PISS OFF YOU RUNT…

    FUCKIN EACH TIME I WANT TO READ A UTD ARTICLE OR UTD COMMENT…THIS BASTARD TURNS UP LIKE A BAD RASH…JUST F OFF YOU CLOWN.

    RIO AND RON WELL DONE GUYS…TRULY DESERVED

  19. divedivedive says:

    Stevie G is the best midfielder in Europe and it will be great to see him lift the premiership.

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