Manchester United and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named FifPro World Footballer of the Year, beating 54 other top players on the shortlist.
The honour, voted for by professional footballers from all over the world, was widely expected after Ronaldo scored 42 goals for United last season.
Ronaldo was also named in the FifPro team of the year, alongside his United team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
"To be recognised by my fellow players is amazing," said the 23-year-old.
"I would like to thank my team-mates and coaches and everyone involved at United and the national team, as well as my family and friends for their support."
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and Chelsea and England captain John Terry also made the team, along with AC Milan midfielder Kaka and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo, who was the driving force behind United's Premier League and Champions League double last season, is also a strong contender to win the Fifa World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or.
The number of goals he scored last year was absolutely phenomenal
Sir Alex Ferguson on Ronaldo
He was linked with a move to Real Madrid during the summer but the winger is looking to put that episode behind him, while revealing United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was the major factor behind his decision to stay.
"Sir Alex has been a big inspiration to me," he said. "He believed in me enough to buy me. I have learned so many things from him and I am continuing to learn because he is a great manager.
"Of course, he was the main factor in keeping me here. But what happened in the summer is finished. Now my head is on the club. My focus is solely on playing well for Manchester United and winning the Premier League and Champions League again."
Ronaldo has three goals to his name this season after missing the start of the campaign through injury, but Ferguson has backed the star to come good.
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