Cristiano Ronaldo has well and truly staked his claim for the best player in the World this season, scoring 27 goals in 28 games. Missing out on the award to AC Milan’s Kaka in December has certainly seemed to work as the inspiration for Ronaldo to improve his game. In the six games Ronaldo has played in since Kaka was named European Player of the Year, Ronaldo has scored nine goals.

Today, Ronaldo has claimed that he would not be surprised if he was to win World and European Player next year, saying he is in a privileged situation at United. “I don’t need to demonstrate that I am the No.1 in the world,” said Ronaldo. “Over the nine months of the season the work you do will show who really is the best. If I am named the best in the world, it won’t be a surprise to me. I’m 23 now and I never believed I would find myself in such a privileged position in the world of football, playing at the highest level for a club of United’s standing.”