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‘I deserve both player of the year awards’ boasts Manchester United forward: Can anyone beg to differ?

If there was an award for the most modest footballer of the year, you suspect that this player might just miss out on making the shortlist. He kept Manchester United fans hanging on throughout the summer, refusing to commit to the Red Devils until Fergie had a quiet word in his ear. Now it appears that he’s to be recognised as the best footballer on the planet.

Love him or hate him, Cristiano Ronaldo is a special talent, somebody who could go on to become one of the game’s true greats. Sky Sports reports that the United number seven fully expects to win the Ballon D’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year, and it’s hard to argue against him. After all, this is a guy who scored 42 goals in all competitions for the champions of England and Europe last term.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Sincerely, yes, I’m confident.

“If you assess what I did over the course of the season, I think I did more than everyone. What else should I have done to win the Ballon d’Or and the Fifa award.”

Does everyone agree that the Manchester United star is better than anyone else in the world at the moment? Or could he face competition from his own team-mate Wayne Rooney, who is currently playing some red-hot football and in on a fantastic scoring streak? There’s also players like Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to consider, although there seems little doubt as to who will scoop the awards.

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