Ronaldo gets top Portuguese honor from president

The Associated Press
Ronaldo gets top Portuguese honor from president
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Portugal's soccer team captain Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his medal after being decorated by Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva with the Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique, Order of Prince Henry, Monday, Jan. 20 2014, at the Belem presidential palace in Lisbon. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo has received one of Portugal's highest honors from the country's president.

The Portugal captain was awarded a medal and ribbon making him an official of the Order of Prince Henry at a ceremony Monday in Lisbon's presidential palace.

Ronaldo says it is ''a moment of great pride'' that gives him ''the motivation to keep working, and even harder in the future.''

President Anibal Cavaco Silva says Ronaldo deserves the recognition because he ''brings prestige for Portugal around the world.''

The Real Madrid forward was soccer's player of the year in 2008 and 2013 and is Portugal's most famous athlete. He has made 109 national team appearances, the third most, and will lead Portugal's bid for its first international trophy at the World Cup in Brazil.