Cristiano Ronaldo received the prestigious MARCA Legend award for his successful career as a professional footballer, which has seen him attain global stardom.

The Portuguese were given the award by MARCA director Juan Ignacio Gallardo at the Teatro Reina Victoria in Madrid, a venue that was filled to capacity with numerous national and international press outlets, as well as fans who wanted to see their idol in the flesh.

“This trophy is going to be in a very nice place in my museum,” said an emotional Ronaldo.

“Madrid is special; I travel a lot but there are few cities like Madrid. Much of this award is derived from what I did at Real Madrid.

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“It is a Spanish trophy and I am very honoured to receive it. Thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve it. It is a matter of pride to me. And I hope to return to Madrid soon.”

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