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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins PFA Awards
BBC Sport, April 23rd, 2007 3:31PM

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Cristiano Ronald on Monday became the first player since Andy Gray to take home both the Professional Footballer's Association Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. The 22-year-old Portuguese winger has had a remarkable season for Manchester United, recording 16 goals and 14 assists with still four games to play. Didier Drogba of Chelsea finished second in the Player of the Year voting, followed by Ronaldo's United teammate, Paul Scholes. Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal finished second in the Young Player of the Year voting, followed by Tottenham's Aaron Lennon.

Few would argue that Ronaldo's form has been the catalyst for Man United's bid to win three trophies this season. After being booed across England for the part he played in Wayne Rooney's sending off in the World Cup quarterfinals last year, Ronaldo responded brilliantly, gaining in confidence and influence with each passing game.

Naturally, Ronaldo said he was very proud. "My colleagues have voted for me and that is fantastic because the players know the qualities of players. I want to keep working hard and getting better because these trophies have now given me more motivation." Sir Alex Ferguson said he was equally proud of the player, whom he brought to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon for $19 million in 2003. "At this moment in time, I think he is the best player in the world and his season has been incredible," Ferguson said.

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