Cristiano Ronaldo has made quite a mark on 2015 already.
The Ballon d’Or winner has been voted ‘Player of the Century’ by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) at a special ceremony marking the footballing body’s centenary.
Just over a year after his death, Eusébio was honoured with a platinum award, in recognition of his contribution to Portuguese football. The striker’s widow received the trophy on his behalf at the ceremony in Estoril.
Chelsea coach José Mourinho was acknowledged for his achievements across Europe. He was named ‘Coach of the Century’ at the star-studded event.
Referee Pedro Proença was also honoured. UEFA’s refereeing chief, Pierluigi Collina, was on hand to award him the title of ‘Referee of the Century.’
The awards ceremony was tied to a three-day conference celebrating one hundred years of the FPF.
Pierluigi Collina used his position as guest speaker at the event to advocate the introduction of a white card ‘sin bin’ system in football.