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Cristiano Ronaldo named Ibero-American Athlete of the Year

Don't worry if you miss out on the Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo! The Ibero-American Athlete of the Year trophy is a cracker

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 6 December 2012

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo added another piece of silverware to his collection when he was named the greatest Ibero-American athlete of last year.

Ronaldo, widely tipped to finish runner-up to Lionel Messi again in the race for the Ballon d'Or, was presented with the massive trophy during a presentation at the Royal Palace of El Pardo.

Royal approval: Queen Sofia of Spain presents Cristiano Ronaldo with the Ibero-American Community Trophy

Royal approval: Queen Sofia of Spain presents Cristiano Ronaldo with the Ibero-American Community Trophy

Congratulations: Ronaldo is applauded as he goes up to accept his award

Congratulations: Ronaldo is applauded as he goes up to accept his award

He said: 'It was an honour for me to receive such a beautiful trophy from Her Majesty the Queen of Spain.

'Once again, as with all the awards I've received, I want to individually thank all those who chose me for this award, but especially my team-mates and coaches because without them this wouldn't have been possible.

Size does matter: Ronaldo was all smiles as he walked off withe the massive piece of silverware

Size does matter: Ronaldo was all smiles as he walked off withe the massive piece of silverware

'I want to dedicate this award especially to Real Madrid fans.'

Real president Florentino Perez, director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno and honorary president Alfredo Di Stfano accompanied Ronaldo to the ceremony.

The former Manchester United favourite helped his side to a 4-1 win over Ajax on Tuesday as they wound up their Champions League group stage in style.

Glamour game: Princess Letizia was at the Palace of El Pardo in Madrid as Ronaldo was honoured

Glamour game: Princess Letizia was at the Palace of El Pardo in Madrid as Ronaldo was honoured

Fabrice Muamba guest at Real Madrid v Manchester United veterans match

Muamba guests at Man United and Real Madrid legends charity match

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UPDATED:

23:06 GMT, 3 June 2012

Fabrice Muamba was a guest at Sunday night's charity Corazon Classic Match between Real Madrid and Manchester United veterans teams at the Bernabeu.

The Bolton midfielder, who suffered a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March, was given an ovation by both star-studded sides and spectators as he carried the match ball out for the kick-off.

Zidane and Muamba

Carlos, Muamba and Hierro

Stars: Fabrice Muamba with Zinedine Zidane (left), Roberto Carlos and Fernando Hierro

The third edition of the Corazon Classic Match, from which the proceeds will go to Real's Foundation academies in Africa, saw Madrid beat their United counterparts 3-2 in front of a crowd of around 60,000.

Recognise these guys Manchester United veteran Dwight Yorke with Fernando Redondo (left), Zidane (2nd right) and Luis Figo (right)

Recognise these guys Manchester United veteran Dwight Yorke with Fernando Redondo (left), Zidane (2nd right) and Luis Figo (right)

Oi, ref! Figo, Zidane and Redondo talk amicably to the referee

Oi, ref! Figo, Zidane and Redondo talk amicably to the referee

Madrid's goals came from Fernando Morientes, Luis Figo and Fernando Redondo, with United's scorers being Lee Sharpe and Teddy Sheringham.

Also involved in the match were the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Emilio Butragueno, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Edwin van der Sar.

Still got it: Zidane acrobatically controls the ball

Still got it: Zidane acrobatically controls the ball

Hurdy gurdy: Aitor Karanka (left) tussles with Manchester United's Jesper Blomqvist

Hurdy gurdy: Aitor Karanka (left) tussles with Manchester United's Jesper Blomqvist