Cristiano Ronaldo has said the key to his staggering success is down to his belief that nobody is as good as he and has advised his Portuguese teammates to adopt the same attitude.
The comments were made as the 33-year-old received the Portugal FA’s Player of the Year award from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, for the third successive year at a gala ceremony at Lisbon’s Pavilhao Carlos Lopes on Monday evening.
The Real Madrid star has had an exceptional 2017 after clinching the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best award after lifting La Liga, Champions League and Club World Cup trophies.
Ronaldo was voted the best player of 2017 by footballers, coaches, fans and a jury led by Luis Figo. He was accompanied at the ceremony by his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and his agent Jorge Mendes.
“We should always believe we are the best,” said Ronaldo, who led Portugal to the Euro 2016 title,” he said.
“You need to think big. I always believe that nobody is better than me, out on the pitch at least.
“On a personal and collective level I have had a dream year. I won five trophies (Champions League, UEFA Supercup, World Club Cup, Spanish league title and the Spanish Supercup), the Ballon D’Or and the FIFA ‘Best’ title.”
The forward is currently in Lisbon with the Portugal squad who play fellow World Cup qualifiers Egypt on Friday and the Netherlands three days later.
Having scored 79 goals in 147 games for Portugal, Ronaldo will lead the reigning European Champions to the 2018 World Cup, fitness permitting, where they will face Spain, Morocco and Iran in the first round.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho received the Vasco de Gama award for “his work and his role as Portugal’s ambassador for excellence”.
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim was given the award for best coach in men’s football.