The Goal.com Player of the Decade speaks out...Ronaldo was voted 'Goal.com Player of the Decade' by our readers, and in recognition of the support shown to him, the man himself, Ronaldo, has spoken exclusively to Goal.com about his award, his career, and more...
Ronaldo's route to this award wasn't easy. With 2010 upon us, we opened a poll to determine who was the Team of the Decade, and you voted for players in every position on the pitch. From those results a new ballot was formed to establish the best player of the last ten years.
The competition for the Brazilian forward was stiff, the final vote containing legendary figures such as Gianluigi Buffon, Cafu, Xavi, Zinedine Zidane, and Lionel Messi. The Corinthians goal-getter, still showing his silky skills, won with a convincing 43.63 percent of the votes, overcoming his closest challenger Zidane, who had approximately 36 percent.
Ronaldo, who also featured for Inter, Real Madrid, and AC Milan during the decade, reveals how he feels about winning the Goal.com award, his future, and the small matter of the 2010 World Cup...
Q) How do you feel having been named Player of the Decade by Goal.com?
"I'm so happy to be back. This is the recognition that I worked hard during the last decade. Of course, it was only possible due to a lot of will power as I had to overcome some serious lessons.
"It was also possible because I had incredible team-mates and fantastic clubs that I worked for in that period, as well as having a very happy time with the Brazilian national team. That, without doubt, was very important."
Q) What are your aims for the coming decade?
"I don't like thinking in periods as long as a decade. I just know that I want to play well in Corinthians, score as many goals as possible, win as much, possibly titles in the same way. I think - actually I am sure - that I won't play the entire decade. After that I hope to take care of my children; to be closer to them when I stop playing."
Q) Are you a fan of Goal.com?
"For sure. I am a sportsman but also a guy that just loves sports as well. I read a lot and Goal.com is one of the websites that I access a lot."
Q) What would it mean to you to play in the 2010 World Cup?
"I prefer not to think of that now. I never asked for a place in the Brazilian team, and whenever I got it it was on merit because my football took me there. I have to be thinking of Corinthians. We have a very important year and I want to play well here, to score goals and win titles."
Ronaldo is grateful, as you can see, for all the fans' votes here on Goal.com. What's more, as he's not ruling out a shot at the 2010 World Cup, this won't be the last we've heard from the Goal.com Player of the Decade...