By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta were revealed to be the three finalists for the Ballon d'Or award as well as being named in the final list for forwards in the FIFA World XI squad on Thursday evening after a phenomenal title winning season where he scored 46 goals in 38 league games.
His coach Jose Mourinho was nominated for the Coach of the Year award as well after leading Los Blancos to a domestic double in the Spain and the Portugal international congratulated him on the achievement while also crediting his team mates for their role in helping him in the past season.
"For me it is an honour to be a candidate for the Ballon d’Or and for Fifa’s World 11, and I am very proud," he told Real Madrid's official website.
"They are two very special awards and I think that being amongst the candidates is primarily the result of the hard work and support of my team mates, both at Real Madrid and Portugal.
"I would like to congratulate my coach, Jose Mourinho, for being picked as a candidate for the Coach of the Year, after winning the league title in a record breaking season, as well as the Spanish Supercup," he added.
Despite a slow start to the current campaign which saw Real Madrid fall behind league leaders Barcelona by 11 points, Ronaldo is still optimistic that they can conjure up the results by the end of the season.
“2012 has not finished yet and Madrid’s target is to finish the season in the best way possible," Ronaldo continued.
"This is why we are concentrating on the next match, on Saturday, when we aim to give our supporters something to be happy about."