Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo believes his talent is a ‘blessing’ after looking back on an ‘incredible’ 2017.
Ronaldo won a Liga and Champions League double with Madrid last year, as well as another Best FIFA Men’s Player award and the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career.
“2017 was an incredible year on so many levels,” the Portuguese told AS.
“It’s a tremendous feeling to look back and see what I’ve achieved, given I started out by kicking a ball in the streets of Madeira.
“My talent was a blessing and I’ve worked extremely hard to get the best out of it, but I wouldn’t have achieved it without the help of so many people professionally.
“I want to dedicate this moment to my family, who have always been there during the good times and bad times, as well as my friends, without forgetting those who believed in me when I was just a kid full of dreams, my Coaches and teammates for club and country.
“Almost 300m followers on social media? A very special thanks goes to them for their support and inspiration so that I can keep working hard and making the most of every challenge I face.”