ZURICH - Portugal and Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo was named Fifa World Player of 2008 last night.
With his clever step-overs, fast footwork with both feet and good heading ability, Ronaldo has scored 102 goals for Manchester United in 264 matches.
The winger enjoyed a highly successful 2007-08 season, scoring 42 goals in all competitions as United won a Premier League and Champions League double.
Ronaldo's exploits led to him becoming only the second player to win England's Footballer of the Year in successive seasons and just the third Portuguese player to win the Ballon d'Or award - after Eusebio in 1965 and Luis Figo in 2000.
His exploits have caught the attention of Real Madrid, leading to a long summer of transfer speculation with United, reporting the Spanish club to Fifa over their public courting of the player.
The world body took no action and Ronaldo, who was recuperating from ankle surgery, eventually stayed at Old Trafford.
Born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Ronaldo began attracting attention at the age of 10. He eventually joined Sporting Lisbon, arch-rivals to his boyhood favourite Portuguese club, Benfica. - Reuters