Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best Portuguese player of 2017, and has answered his critics.
The Real Madrid man won the individual award, beating Rui Patricio and Bernardo Silva.
Ronaldo has won five Golden Ball awards and two the Best Man awards. The 33-year-old has hit top form late this season.
“I am grateful for this award to all those who are here,” he said. “It is also an award for all my colleagues — 2017 was an excellent year, unforgettable both collectively and individually.”
“I also won my fifth Ballon d’Or and my second The Best award. I also dedicate it to my four children. That’s another record — three children in three months.
“We have to defend what is ours because there is always a Portuguese in the fight.
“I always believe and say that I am the best, whatever they say, and then I show it in the field. We are in the fight year after year.”