The Portuguese was given the award by MARCA director Juan Ignacio Gallardo at the Teatro Reina Victoria in Madrid, a venue that was filled to capacity with numerous national and international press outlets, as well as fans who wanted to see their idol in the flesh.
“This trophy is going to be in a very nice place in my museum,” said an emotional Ronaldo.
“Madrid is special; I travel a lot but there are few cities like Madrid. Much of this award is derived from what I did at [Real] Madrid.
“It is a Spanish trophy and I am very honoured [to receive it]. Thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve it. It is a matter of pride to me. And I hope to return to Madrid soon.”
The event, presented by the journalist Felipe del Campo, was also attended by Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes; his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez; the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez; and the president of Unidad Editorial, Antonio Fernandez-Galiano Campos, among other notable individuals.
Ronaldo joins an exclusive list of athletes to have received this prize, following on from the likes of Rafa Nadal, Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Marc Marquez, Pau Gasol, Miguel Indurain, Usain Bolt and Roger Federer, as well as footballers such as Lionel Messi, Raul Gonzalez, Diego Maradona, Pele and Paolo Maldini.
With this MARCA Legend award, Ron