Ronaldo's defining role in United's Double-winning season saw 77 of the 96 journalists on the Ballon D'Or panel vote for him as their number one player of the year.
This (trophy) is one that I want to win again because it is so good
"Great emotion fills me but I cannot really describe it," Ronaldo continued.
"I was not worried, because I was aware of what I did in the course of the season.
"But to the people who mentioned my name, I say thank you. Thank you also to my team-mates.
"This (trophy) is one that I want to win again because it is so good.
"Therefore, I will wake and I will say to myself 'I want to be even better'."
The Portuguese international became only the fifth player to score more than 30 goals in a Premier League season as United pipped Chelsea to the domestic title.
RECENT BALLON D'OR WINNERS
2006 Fabio Cannavaro
2004 Andriy Shevchenko
2003 Pavel Nedved
2001 Michael Owen
2000 Luis Figo
Ronaldo's tally of 42 goals earned him the Golden Shoe as Europe's top scorer, making him the first winger to collect that honour.
And his 42nd strike of an astonishing season came in Moscow as United drew 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League final. He went on to miss his spot-kick in the resulting penalty shoot-out but United still triumphed.
The only real disappointment for Ronaldo came at Euro 2008.
The winger was expected to be one of the stars of the tournament but he struggled to lift his side and Portugal went out in the quarter-finals.
A summer of fevered speculation over Ronaldo's future followed after he conceded a dream move would be a switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
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