World accolade for Ronaldo
Man United, Updated:
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as FifPro World Footballer of the Year, after an outstanding spell for Manchester United.
The Portuguese international scored 42 goals in United's Premier League and Champions League double-winning season, and had been the strong favourite to take the award.
The accolade was voted for by players from over 40 countries and the 23-year-old was picked ahead of the likes of Barcelona's Lionel Messi and AC Milan star Kaka.
It is also expected that Ronaldo, who won the 2007-08 PFA Player of the Year award, will also scoop the Balon D'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year gongs.
Meanwhile, United centre-back Rio Ferdinand was named alongside Ronaldo in the FifPro team of the year.