harrypotterlvr3 (harrypotterlvr3) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Cristiano Ronaldo receives his second Golden Boot

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was officially presented with the European Golden Boot award on Friday, November 4 in Madrid, Spain. The Portugal international achieved the prestigious honour by firing home 40 goals (41 by Marca's count) in Spain's La Liga last season, thus scoring more times than any other player in any European leagues. He went on to finish the 2010-11 season with 53 goals in all competitions, making him the highest goal scorer in a season for Real Madrid. 

He is the first player to get this award in two different leagues. His first was in 2008, when he netted 31 goals in the Premier League for Manchester United. The Portuguese player also breaks the record of points in the history of the award (80) and becomes the eighth player to win the trophy twice. On Wednesday, Ronaldo experienced another career-highlight. In a Champions League match against Olympique Lyonnais, he scored two goals in the 2-0 win over the French side. The second goal was his 100th official strike as a Madridista. He has scored 100 goals in 105 matches for Real Madrid in only three seasons.

Ronaldo, who was handed the award by Portugal legend Eusebio and Real Madrid honorary president Alfredo Di Stefano, reflected on his win during an interview. "I'm sitting here next to two football geniuses and it gives me great pleasure. It's obvious I want to be amongst the great players in football history. I'm young and still learning. I'm at a club that gives me the opportunity to grow as a player. I now wish to savour this Golden Boot. I'm very happy. This is a very important moment in my career because I never thought I'd have the numbers I've gotten on this team. I wish to dedicate this to the fans and to my temmates."

Ronaldo was accompanied by members of the Real Madrid staff, his family, and his girlfriend, Irina Shayk.

[On individual awards vs team awards]:
"I'd nevertheless swap this award for a Champions League or La Liga title. I want to win more important collective titles at Real Madrid. We're having a good run and I'm convinced this will be our year. I only think on a collective level. I'm not concerned about breaking my own record. This team is more mature and it's history doesn't allow it to fail to win important things another year. Individual accolades are a beautiful thing, but they're not what matters most."

[On the Portuguese National Team]:
"Portugal have a great team and we must take things slowly. We must first qualify for the Euro 2012 and I hope to win something with the national team some day."

[On coach Jose Mourinho, and former coach, Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United]:
"Mourinho is doing great at Real Madrid and I hope he stays with us many years. Ferguson was important in my career and part of my success is thanks to him. He is a great person and a great manager. He is one of the most important people in my life in football."

[On himself]:
"I am 26 years old, but I am still learning and I still have many years ahead. I am at a club who give me the possibility of winning things and my goal is to also be one of the best players of all time."

[On Barcelona's Lionel Messi]:
"I am not worried about the competition I get from Messi. I like to play, people like to watch me play and I would not change anything. It is good to compete with the best. I like to compete with Messi and with all the best players in Europe, as a team, not as an individual player. "

Then and now :)



breaking records left and right :') 
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