Ronaldo retains PFA award

28 April 2008 07:58
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year for the second successive season after enjoying a superb campaign with Manchester United. The 23-year-old Portugal international has scored an amazing 38 goals in all competitions as United continue to push for glory in the Premier League and Champions League. "I feel very happy. It is a great moment, it is an honour, a pleasure," said Ronaldo. "When you work all season to play good, to do something for the team, and then at the end of the season the PFA give you this award, it is a great motivation to carry on like that, to work more and get better. "I feel very good but it is not just my award, my team-mates have helped me a lot this season. They give me good passes to score goals - and I score - but it is a good moment for me." Liverpool duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor, and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James had also been on the short-list for the award. Fabregas picked up the young player of the year award, and said after being handed the accolade: "I'm very proud. It's a very prestigious trophy. "Football is a collective game and you prefer to win trophies with team-mates but it's always nice to have this type of award. "I dedicate it to my team-mates because without them I would not have won."

Source: ESA