Cristiano Ronaldo: I am so happy
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Portugal and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo held his FIFA World Player of the Year trophy with pride after receiving his award on 12 January 2009 at the Zurich Opera House. It's no surprise that the dazzling winger was feeling a proud man as the names of previous winners of the global prize read like a who's-who list of the beautiful game's true legends.

Seconds after picking up his prize, the best player in the world for the year 2008 shared his feelings exclusively with FIFA.com. "I feel great, this is a fantastic moment for me," said the forward "I am very happy. It's amazing to receive this award for what I did in 2008," he added, with the trophy firmly gripped between his hands.

Of course, the world doesn't end with the year and Ronaldo is looking forward to 2009 and he is hoping to repeat his exploits. "I expect to do the same this season. To play well, win trophies collectively and individually as I did last season. I had a great time with my United teammates and I expect and we can repeat it".

In closing, Ronaldo chose his favorite moment of 2008. "It has to be when we (United) won the Champions League. It was the best moment not just for me, also for my colleagues and my boss. To achieve that was great and I hope to repeat it this year."