Cristiano Ronaldo is having a stellar year and after winning the Ballon d’Or is setting his sight on the World Cup.
The flamboyant Portuguese captain would love nothing more than to win it all and bring home the FIFA World Cup trophy to his country for the first time ever.
The Real Madrid kicker made comments about the coveted award after being bestowed with the “Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry” honor by Portugal’s President.
In the comments, published in Real Madrid’s official website Cristiano Ronaldo, said:
“It would be a dream come true. I do not want to downplay the titles I have won up until now, like this honor or the Ballon d’Or, but it would be a dream come true. We know that it is very hard and that we have to keep our feet on the ground. We will try to do our best and take it one step at a time.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has been dubbed “the most expensive football player in history” and has had an extremely successful career thus far winning several titles and awards, except the elusive World Cup title, but he is ready to keep working hard toward that goal:
“I will carry on working as hard as possible to carry on representing Portugal abroad. This is an important honor for me because I am Portuguese and representing Portugal abroad is a privilege and a source of pride.”
“This motivates me even more. I will carry on working hard to win more trophies in my career. I am young and I will carry on playing to enjoy myself like I have up until now. Obviously, if I win titles and I manage to make a good entry in the history books in the world of football, all the better.”
Such an honour to receive the grade of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator. pic.twitter.com/RHhpzc9KTx
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 20, 2014
During the medal presentation to Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s President Aníbal Cavaco Silva said of the newly crowned Ballon d’Or winner:
“After remembering Eusébio, today we are with another great sportsman who the world of football has chosen as the best player in the world for the second time. A Portuguese citizen who is known around the world more than any other and who brings honor to the name of Portugal.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is credited with leading his team to qualify in the 2014 World Cup, to be held in Brazil. Portugal was seeded to play in the so-called “Group of Death”, which includes the US, Ghana, and the superpower Germany.