Zurich:Manchester United and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named FIFA World Footballer of the Year for 2008.
Ronaldo, who does also hold the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the European Footballer of the Year, beat off competition from 2007 winner Kaka (Brazil), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain) and Xavi (Spain), to get the tag announced on Monday.
The 23-year-old, scorer of 42 goals in all competitions in the 2007-08 season, was one of United's architects behind the club's English Premiership and Champions League double.
It was not a perfectly scripted year for Ronaldo, however, as Portugal crashed out 3-2 to Germany in the quarterfinal of Euro 2008 in June.
Ronaldo becomes the second Portuguese player to win the FIFA accolade after Luis Figo in 2001, and the first one playing for a British club.
Brazilian midfielder Marta was unveiled as FIFA World Women's Footballer of the year for 2008, for the third year running.