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"The Ballon d'Or is the award I always dreamed of winning when I was a kid.

"I feel very proud and very happy. I have to say a big thank you to my team-mates and everyone at the club who has helped me win it."

- Cristiano Ronaldo, speaking to MUTV

See more of the interview on MUTV Online.
02/12/2008 15:31, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Ronny's on top of the world

In an exclusive interview with ManUtd.com and MUTV, Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the Ballon d'Or and insists there's much more to come...

Congratulations Cristiano. How does it feel to have won the award and become only the fourth United player ever to do so?

It feels amazing. It’s the award I always dreamt of winning when I was a kid and I feel very proud and very happy. I have to say a big thank you to my team-mates and everyone at the club who has helped me win the award – it has such a great history and it is the great players who win it so it’s magnificent to be alongside them. It’s amazing that only three players in the club’s history before me have won it. I didn’t know that until yesterday. So it’s special for the club and obviously for me and I feel very proud to be part of the history of the Ballon d’Or and the history of this club. You work hard to win team awards and personal awards, but, for me, to win this one is very special.

Where does this rank among your many other personal achievements?
Every award has a different history, but this one is one of the best. When I became a professional footballer I always believed I had the chance to win it one day and to do that makes me feel very good. But team awards are very important to me as well.

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