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Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured by Marca in recognition of his football excellence

‘Sign him again!’: Real Madrid fans call for president Florentino Perez to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo on return to Spain to claim Marca’s Legend Award

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured with Marca’s prestigious Legend award 
  • The Spanish publication give the award in recognition of sporting excellence 
  • Ronaldo joins the likes of Michael Jordan, Pele and bitter rival Lionel Messi 
  • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez gave the award and fans voiced opinion
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Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid fans demanding he be brought back to the Bernabeu, after adding to his seemingly endless trophy collection and being honoured with Marca’s Legend award.

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The Portuguese superstar has been recognised by the Spanish publication for his achievements in football generally and during his record-breaking tenure with Real Madrid.

Marca select individuals who have dominated in their sport, after creating the award in 1997. With the presentation set in the Spanish capital and Madrid president Florentino Perez handing out the award, fans quickly grew all too nostalgic and began to demand Ronaldo’s return.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured by Marca in recognition of his football excellence

Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured by Marca in recognition of his football excellence

Ronaldo was joined by his partner Georgina Rodriguez as he collected the prestigious honour
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Ronaldo was joined by his partner Georgina Rodriguez as he collected the prestigious honour

Ronaldo was joined by his partner Georgina Rodriguez as he collected the prestigious honour

Ronaldo joins the likes of Michael Jordan, Pele, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Muhammad Ali, Usian Bolt, Michael Phelps, Michael Schumacher and Diego Maradona.

His football rival Lionel Messi also scooped the award in 2009. 

In selecting Ronaldo, Marca reflected back on a career of extraordinary success which is still writing new chapters.

Ronaldo joins the likes of Michael Jordan, Pele and Muhammad Ali in winning the award
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Ronaldo joins the likes of Michael Jordan, Pele and Muhammad Ali in winning the award

Ronaldo joins the likes of Michael Jordan, Pele and Muhammad Ali in winning the award

Ronaldo warmly embraced Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who gave him the award

Ronaldo warmly embraced Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who gave him the award

Ronaldo warmly embraced Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who gave him the award

The pair joked with each other on stage as the audience burst out into a long applause

The pair joked with each other on stage as the audience burst out into a long applause

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The pair joked with each other on stage as the audience burst out into a long applause

RONALDO’S HONOURS

Champions League winner (x4)

Club World Cup winner (x4)

Premier League winner (x3)

La Liga title winner (x2)

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Serie A title winner (x1) 

European Championship winner (x1)

UEFA Nations League winner (x1)

Ballon d’Or winner (x5) 

Ronaldo has won five Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, three Premier Leagues, two La Liga titles, one Serie A title, one European Championship and the UEFA Nations League. 

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The Portugal captain returned to the Spanish capital to attend the awards ceremony on Monday, accompanied by family members and his partner Georgina Rodriguez.

Ronaldo sported a blue and white polka dot shirt as he stepped up to collect the golden trophy, and thanked all of those present for their appreciation.

He remains the Champions League all-time top scorer and has won the trophy four times

He remains the Champions League all-time top scorer and has won the trophy four times

He remains the Champions League all-time top scorer and has won the trophy four times

Ronaldo has also scooped the elite Ballon d'Or title five times so far during his career

Ronaldo has also scooped the elite Ballon d'Or title five times so far during his career

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Ronaldo has also scooped the elite Ballon d’Or title five times so far during his career

RECENT WINNERS

March 2019: Javier Fernández (Figure skating, Spain)

December 2018: Juan Carlos Navarro (Basketball, Spain)

November 2018: Bob Beamon (Athletics, USA)

April 2018: Hugo Sanchez (Football, Mexico) 

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December 2017: Marc Márquez (Motorcycling, Spain)

December 2016: Luis Suárez (Football, Spain) 

May 2016: Novak Djokovic (Tennis, Serbia)

December 2015: Xavi Hernandez (Football, Spain)

A large speech about Ronaldo was read out to the crowd, before the 34-year-old emerged onto the stage as Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best’ played over the speakers. 

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With Ronaldo beaming to the masses, a familiar face was on hand to present the award in Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. 

As the honour was given, Juventus took to social media to also join in with the praise of their No 7.

Real Madrid, who are in pre-season action against Tottenham on Tuesday, also took to social media to congratulate their former star.

In the post they carried Ronaldo’s acceptance quote: ‘A big part of this award owes to what I did at Real Madrid.’

A flurry of responses from Madrid fans poured in as a result, with many urging the club to bring their former golden-boy back after a miserable 2018-19 campaign. 

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