A short blog this one, just to report/celebrate that Madeira’s favourite son has tonight (Monday) been voted the best player in the world for the third time. Quite remarkable.
The FIFA website reports:
For the second time in a row and third time overall, Portugal and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned as the best player on the planet after an incredible season that included the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup for Real Madrid. Cristiano became the first Portuguese player to achieve the biggest award 3 times in his career, beating fellow nominees Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to this year’s award. Cristiano’s brilliant 2014 included 31 goals in 30 matches in Spain’s La Liga – a haul that saw him finish as the 2013/14 top scorer – as well as a record 17 goals in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign.
Tuesday: no prizes for guessing the front pages of the newspapers here today.
By coincidence Alberto João Jardim technically “dismissed” himself as Regional Governor of Madeira yesterday, although apparently he will continue with some governmental duties until April.
Opta, the football stats website, reports that Cristiano Ronaldo has had 57 shots on target in La Liga this season, one more than Aston Villa have had in the Premier League