The game of soccer has seen many prestigious honors till now. From Ballon d’Ors to Golden Boot along with Golden Gloves, and the prestigious World Cup trophy itself. However, one such special award won by one of soccer’s best Cristiano Ronaldo is the honor of FIFA Player of the Century.
As per the reports, the FIFA Player of the Century is an honorable prize, constituted by FIFA itself. It pertains to the foremost soccer athlete in the 20th century. The award was declared at the annual gala by FIFA in December of the year 2000.
Reports say, that the legendary Argentinian soccer player Diego Maradona alongside Brazil’s former veteran forward player Pele shared the prestigious Player of the Century honor in December 2000. The gala was reportedly held at the capital city of Italy, Rome.
FIFA, according to the reports, held a system of public vote participation to choose the player to be awarded with the honor. The voting system included three pillars. One of them was FIFA’s official website, the other one is reportedly termed to be their magazine, while the last one compelled an ensembled jury.
Diego Maradona made his Argentina international debut in the year 1977. In his 91 matches for his country, the veteran reportedly scored 34 goals. On the other hand, as per reports, the Brazilian legend Pele made his debut for his country in the year 1957. The forward scored a decent tally of 77 goals in his 92 matches for Brazil.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Globe Soccer Player of the Century award
The Portuguese international star won the Globe Soccer Player of the Century award in the year 2020. CR7 was named the 2001-2020 Player of the Century deservingly through his consistent phenomenal on-field performances and achievements.
The Portugal number seven reportedly trounced Egpyt international Mohamed Salah, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, and Brazil’s Ronaldinho to grab the honor. The veteran player won three English Premier League trophies at Manchester United and became two times La Liga champion with Real Madrid, leading up to the award.
The number seven also reportedly stated that he hopes that he maintains his performances over the upcoming years. He expressed his desire to play the game of soccer in more years to come. Fans would also hope that their star player continues to deliver on the highest level as long as he can.