Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his Manchester United team-mates to use his recent award as “extra fuel and motivation” to achieve their goals this season.
The Portuguese superstar was honored with a special award at The Best FIFA Awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland on Monday night.
The honor was to make him the top scorer in international men’s football with 115 goals in 184 senior games.
Ralf Rangnick’s side have had a poor season so far, slipping to seventh place in the Premier League table and fighting for Champions League qualification.
However, Ronaldo believes the Red Devils can turn their fortunes and Portugal can qualify for the World Cup in Qatar via the play-offs.
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“Winning the FIFA Special Best Award is a tremendous honor and privilege,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.
“The fact that such a relevant institution recognizes me as the top scorer in the history of [men’s] For me, FIFA competitions are the culmination of my individual achievements as a representative of my beloved country.
“Now it’s up to me to turn this award into extra fuel and motivation to help achieve all of our goals at Man Utd for this season as well as for the upcoming play-off games in March so Portugal can be there in 2022 World Cup in Qatar and we can all continue to write this amazing story together.
“Finally, a special word to all the great players who have represented Portugal by my side over the past two decades and to all the international players I have faced so many times around the world.
“Your talent, professionalism and quality have always helped make me a better player. Thank you!”
Ronaldo’s comments come just days after he urged his club-mates to improve drastically in an interview with Sky Sports.
“Man Utd should win the league or finish second or third,” he said. “I don’t see any other position for Man Utd. In my heart I don’t accept that I think our mentality is anything less than being in the top three in the Premier League.
“I think in order to build good things, sometimes you have to destroy some things. So why not – new year, new life and I hope Manchester can reach the level the fans want. They deserve it.”
On United’s younger players, Ronaldo added: “I remember when I was 18, 19, 20 some old players spoke to me but I put it like this: ‘Cristiano, you need to improve’… but others People don’t accept that you criticize.
“Sometimes when you’re a little tougher, they do the opposite. You have to find the right balance to talk to them.
But I think that should come from within you. You should be proud of yourself and look in the mirror and say, ‘Listen, I gave it my all.’
“And I think we should all do that. because [it’s a] New Year, we’re changing sides. We have a lot of things to win and we have to believe in it because if we don’t, it’s going to be a nightmare.”