Cristiano Ronaldo named in PFA Team of the Year: His 13th individual award of the season

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in the PFA Team of the Year, an honour voted on by his fellow professionals.

Amid a poor season for Manchester United, Ronaldo stood out, and was the only Red Devils player named in the PFA XI, BBC Sport report.

The full team was: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Rudiger, Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Thiago, De Bruyne, Salah, Mane, Ronaldo.

Ronaldo scored 18 Premier League goals in 30 Premier League games, just five off the leaders, averaging a goal every 137 minutes.

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Ronaldo named in PFA Team of the Year

Ronaldo may not have been able to win a trophy in his first year back at Manchester United, but he is not short of individual honours.

This is the 13th honour Ronaldo has received since returning to Manchester United at the start of last season.

These include five club player of the month awards and two Premier League awards, as well as his Manchester United top goalscorer award.

  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year
  • Manchester United Fans Player of the Year
  • Manchester United Goal of the Season
  • Premier League Player of the Month (April)
  • Premier League Player of the Month (September)
  • Manchester United Player of the Month (May)
  • Manchester United Player of the Month (April)
  • Manchester United Player of the Month (March)
  • Manchester United Player of the Month (October)
  • Manchester United Player of the Month (September)
  • Manchester United top goalscorer
  • FIFA The Best Award
  • FIFPro World XI 2021
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Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions for United, including six goals in seven Champions League matches.

He may not be producing the levels he once did, like at Real Madrid when he consistently scored more than 50 goals a season, exceeding 60 twice, but he is still performing to a high standard.

Ronaldo’s individual feats are made even more impressive in the context he is 37-years-old.

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During the past 12 months he has also set and extended the international goals record, reaching 117 strikes for his country, for which he was honoured with a special award at FIFA’s The Best awards.

He was also named in the FIFPro World XI for 2021, as part of a star-studded team.

It has always been a privilege to watch Ronaldo play, and he has plenty left in the tank to still be an effective player under Erik ten Hag next season.

If United improve into a more competitive and cohesive team, Ronaldo might even improve on this season’s goal tally.

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