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News number: 8710241154

14:57 | 2009-01-13

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Ronaldo Named World Player of 2008

TEHRAN (FNA)- The 23-year-old Manchester United and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo was selected as FIFA World Player of the Year for 2008.



Ronaldo completed a hat-trick of individual honors after he earlier won the football journalists' Ballon d'Or trophy and the FIFPro World Player of the Year title.

"It's an overwhelming moment in my career and I'd like to dedicate this award to my family, friends and colleagues," press tv quoted Ronaldo saying after receiving the FIFA award from Brazilian soccer legend Pele on Monday.

The FIFA award is voted by national team coaches and captains of the 208-member association of world soccer's governing body.

Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi was second, with Liverpool and Spain striker Fernando Torres third.

Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez and AC Milan's Brazilian playmaker Kaka completed the top five.

The United player was voted in first place by 136 of the coaches and captains while 76 put Messi after him. Ronaldo picked up 935 total points, ahead of 678 for Messi and 203 for Torres.

Ronaldo who helped United win the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup becomes the second Portuguese player to win the award after Luis Figo in 2001.