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Cristiano Ronaldo named the greatest Portuguese player of all time

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Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Portuguese football’s greatest ever player. A couple of days after Ronaldo won his third Ballon d’Or, the Portuguese Federation has announced the Real Madrid striker as their best ever.

The 29-year-old beat competition from the likes of Benfica star Eusebio and former Real Madrid winger Luis Figo to claim the award.

However, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner could not be present to receive his award due to Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey match with Atletico Madrid on the 15th of January.

On the 100th year anniversary of the Portuguese Football Federation, a Galas Quinas de Ouro ceremony was held at the Casino de Estoril. At the ceremony, Cristiano Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese footballer in Portugal’s 100-year history. Both, FIFA President Joseph Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini were present for the announcement.

For Portugal, Ronaldo has scored 52 goals in 118 appearances, whereas Eusebio scored 41 goals in 64 appearances and Figo scored 32 goals in 127 matches.

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