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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
England salutes Ronaldo

It was the day I've been waiting for since the first time I watched him play. Cristiano Ronaldo might not have done enough to justify a victory the last few seasons, but there is no way any one can argue that he didn't deserve to land the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards this year. There was tough competition in the form of Didier Drogba, and there were times when I felt Scholes would nick it in the 11th hour, but it took professionals, who face him week in and out on the field, to recognise the genius amongst them.

What Ronaldo achieved this season is more than remarkable. 21 goals and 20 assists are impressive figures for any winger, but when you take into account the animosity and unmasked hate he had to face in England, and how he turned that into admiration and respect even from the likes of Andy Gray, you have a supremely talented footballer with a character of steel.

After spending months being the butt of other football fans' jokes, putting up with ignorant comments on how Ronaldo is all flash and no substance, the next Denilson and what not, it is finally our time to rub in his triumph. I'm enjoying every second of his success. We're now going to have a whole population claiming to support him since he was 16, but I think there have been very few people who stood by him through the ugly times. I still find it impossible to erase the memory of certain *insert club name* 'supporters' burning his United jersey after England's exit from the World Cup. It was only a selected few who screamed their throats sore and pleaded others to see logic as an entire nation set out on a witch hunt. That's why it's hard not to take his success personally.
  • Ronaldo is the first Portuguese to win the award.
  • The PFA is celebrating 100 years of their formation this year.
  • Ronaldo is the first player in 30 years to win both the Players' Player and Young Player of the Year awards.
  • Last time a Manchester United player won the POTY award was 2002.

Watch Ronaldo accept his YPOTY award

Ronaldo accepting his POTY award

You have to love the pride and happiness on Ferguson's face as he announces that 'Cristiano' is the winner.

Ronaldo bags double at PFA awards

The 22-year-old Ronaldo faced a barrage of vitriolic abuse following last summer's tournament in Germany for his role in club-mate Wayne Rooney's sending-off in England's quarter-final clash with Portugal.

But rather than take the easy option of a frequently-mooted move to Spain, Ronaldo has silenced his critics by producing his best form as United chase glory on three fronts


Ronaldo does PFA double on golden night for United

Cristiano Ronaldo last night became the first man since 1977 to win both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards when he was honoured at a gala dinner in London.

The Independent


Hat-Trick for Cristiano as he's now named PFA Fans' Player of the Year 2007
On Sunday night, Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned both Players' Player and Young Player of the Year and, as he prepares to put AC Milan to the sword tonight, the Manchester United winger has another good reason to celebrate as he has also been voted the Official PFA Fans' Player of the Year.
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