Ronaldo has now won the award six times in his career, winning the race against Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool /Netherlands) and Mohamed Salah (Liverpool /Egypt).

João Félix, who moved from Benfica to Atlético Madrid last summer for a transfer fee of €126 million, won the ‘Revelation of the Year’ category, ahead of Jadon Sancho (B. Dortmund /England) Haaland (Salzburg /Norway) and Ansu Fati (Barcelona /Guinea and Spain). Benfica won the Academy of the Year award, sharing it with Ajax.

Jorge Mendes, agent to many top flight footballers and heavily involved with Wolverhampton Wanderers, was again elected Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Globe Soccer Awards gala is organised annually by the Football Players Entrepreneurs Association (EFAA) and the European Clubs Association (ECA).

To celebrate his latest award, Cristiano Ronaldo, fired in a second-half hat-trick and an assist in Juventus’ 4-0 victory over Cagliari in Turin last Monday. Ronaldo’s goals against Cagliari moved the Portugal captain onto thirteen ‘Serie A’ goals from just fifteen appearances and helped Juventus move back to the top of the table. The hat-trick was Ronaldo’s first in Serie A and lifted him into second place in the top goal scorer list in Italy’s top flight. Ronaldo still has a tough task to catch leading marksman Ciro Immobile (Lazio), who leads the way with nineteen goals.