Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola named player and coach of the century respectively, the duo was honored at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai.
At a ceremony held at the Armani Hotel on Sunday, Juventus forward Ronaldo picked up the award in person, defeating longtime rival Lionel Messi and other nominees including Mo Salah, Ronaldinho for the trophy.
The 35-year-old, who won domestic league titles with Portugal in Spain, England, and Italy, and Euro 2016, admitted that he was proud to win the honor, given to the player who was named best between 2001 and 2020.
“It’s a pleasure to win titles,” said Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, at the event.
“It’s not easy to be top of the game for so many years. I am really proud, but without a team, great coaches, and clubs it is not possible.”
Guardiola was praised for a coaching career that saw him win league championships twice in Spain, Germany, and England, as well as the Champions League.
However, both Ronaldo and Messi missed out on the men’s player of the year award for 2020, as that went to striker Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.
Bayern’s Bundesliga, Champions League, and DFB-Pokal trebles also rewarded manager Hansi Flick as coach of the year.
At the ceremony, Real Madrid was named the club of the century, while Bayern picked up the team award for 2020.
Jorge Mendes, was named agent of the year for 2020.
Established in 2010, the Globe Soccer Awards honor achievements in football with a yearly gala dinner and awards ceremony.