Read Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says children in Syria inspires him to perform better on the field.
In a video message shown during the seventh edition of the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Tuesday, Ronaldo said: “They [Syrian children] are suffering a lot. For me, they are the real heroes. To be connecting with these kids is wonderful for me.
“This gives me motivation to be a better person, a better father. We play and we have to create a better world. We are famous, we are powerful, we can change a few parts of the world.”
During the awards, Ronaldo scooped the top prize for helping his country land their first major title at this year’s European Championship and firing Real to a record 11th European Cup triumph.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos was named best manager and Real Madrid took home the prize for club of the year.
“Probably [this] was my best year so far,” Ronaldo, who earlier this month won the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in his career, said.
“The people still doubt about me, about Real Madrid, about national team, and you have the proof. We win everything, so amazing year, I’m so happy.”