Malaysian footballer Mohd Faiz Subri revealed another dream of his had come true when he clicked a photograph with The Best Fifa Men's Player 2016 Award winner Cristiano Ronaldo during the award ceremony in Zurich.
Faiz had hinted his desire to click a "selfie" with Ronaldo before leaving Malaysia for 2016 Best Fifa Football Awards event. Notably. the Penang star created history on Monday when he became the first Asian footballer to win the prestigious award for the best goal of 2016.
It was the 29-year-old's stunning free kick during a Super League match last February against Pahang that earned him the nomination for the prestigious award. Faiz's goal garnered 59.46% of the votes, edging other two short-listed goals of Brazil's Marlone (22.86%) and Venezuela's woman footballer Daniuska Rodriguez (10.01%). Notably, Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Neymar also made it to the top-10 list.
The Malaysian Super League star thanked his Malaysian Super League club Penang and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for their support. Faiz also said he never thought he would be able to stand tall amongst the world's best footballers on the big night and that he was grateful for the love he has been receiving.
Apart from clicking a photograph with Ronaldo, Faiz, who travelled with his wife and his two sons, also shared images of himself with Bayern Munich custodian Manuel Neuer and former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson from his Zurich trip.
Proud parents want more from Faiznote
Faiz's father, Subri Kadir, reportedly celebrated his son's success with his villagers in Kedah. The proud father attributed Faiz's success to his hard work and insisted his son to grab the Puskas Award one more time.
"All his hard work has paid off. I am proud of my son. I am thankful to God for making our dreams a reality. Faiz should not be contented with this win. He should aim for more success. I want him to do it again. Score another goal like that to prove to everyone how good he really is," Subri was quoted as saying by the Straits Times.