Cristiano Ronaldo has won another award after being named the best goal scorer in football history.
The Manchester United striker was not present to collect the trophy at the Globe soccer event in Dubai.
But his agent and friend Jorge Mendes collected it on his behalf.
The 36-year-old has now scored over 800 career goals, well ahead of his great rivals Lionel Messi.
It sees him surpass Brazilian legend Pele on the official record – although his old club Santos disputes this.
Mendes paid tribute to CR7 on stage at the Armani Hotel in the UAE.
The 55-year-old said: “I think it’s the biggest achievement ever in football.
“It’s amazing. It’s very difficult to score 800 goals, just CR. I think he’s the only one who can do that. Best player in the world, best ever.
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“Congratulations Cristiano and happy new year to all of you.”
The player himself appeared on a screen in Dubai, as he was busy preparing to play for Manchester United against Newcastle.
But after a tough 1-1 draw against the Magpies, he wanted to be out in the prosperous city.
Sharing his happiness on winning the award on Instagram, he wrote: “Always beautiful and wonderful Dubai, its amazing architecture and kind people.
“I am proud to be recognized year after year at such an impressive and prestigious event around the world.
“The Dubai Globe Soccer Gala is already one of the most important sporting events in the world, and receiving such a meaningful award for the best goal scorer in football history is truly another dream come true.
“Thanks Dubai! I look forward to seeing you soon!”
Ronaldo usually wins an award or two at the annual event.
He was named the Player of the Century last year he participated in alongside his illustrious partner Georgina Rodriguez.
In 2019 he was named player of the year, while in 2018 he again bagged two awards for best player as well as target of the year.
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