Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has become the second player in history to be crowned with the Golden Ball to wear the Saudi victory shirt, after Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo has previously been crowned with the Golden Ball awarded annually by France Football magazine to the best player in the world, five times, in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and the “Don” is considered the second most crowned with the prestigious award after his Argentine rival Lionel Messi, who won the award. seven times, a record.
The former Bulgarian star Stoichkov was the first to win the Golden Ball to sign a contract with Al-Nasr Saudi Arabia, and that was in 1998.
Stoichkov was crowned the Golden Ball in 1994, after he starred with his country in the 1994 World Cup in the United States and led him to reach the golden square, in addition to his brilliance with his team at the time, FC Barcelona.
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