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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move to China if he leaves Real Madrid
  • Luis Felipe Scolari fanned these flames by saying he and Ronaldo have spoken 
  • Scolari coached Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for three years
  • Ronaldo was at Portuguese FA awards in Lisbon and was named best player
  • Jose Mourinho won Vasco da Gama prize for spreading Portuguese football

By Matthew Smith For Mailonline

Published: 18:47 EDT, 19 March 2018 | Updated: 21:04 EDT, 19 March 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League if he leaves Real Madrid, and former Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari has fanned these flames.

Ronaldo and Scolari were among the notable footballing names attending the Quina Awards in Lisbon - the annual awards of the Portuguese FA.

Scolari, who coached Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, says Ronaldo has asked on multiple occasions about what life in Eastern Asia is like.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move to China if he leaves Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move to China if he leaves Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move to China if he leaves Real Madrid

Luis Felipe Scolari fanned these flames by saying he and Ronaldo have spoken about China
Luis Felipe Scolari fanned these flames by saying he and Ronaldo have spoken about China

Luis Felipe Scolari fanned these flames by saying he and Ronaldo have spoken about China

Ronaldo attended the annual awards of the Portuguese FA with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez
Ronaldo attended the annual awards of the Portuguese FA with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez

Ronaldo attended the annual awards of the Portuguese FA with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez

Scolari told Esporte Interativo: 'He has asked me more than once what life in China is like, Cristiano Ronaldo. Why is it that Ronaldo cannot go to China?

'Yes, he asked me what it's like to live in China, I gave him all the details. We also have to understand that Ronaldo has brands, there's an industry, China is the biggest country in the world. Then I told him what I always say: whoever has this opportunity has to go to China.' 

Ronaldo has been linked with an exit from Real on multiple occasions over the years, with Chinese clubs - among the few who could afford his wages - regularly linked. 

It was a successful night for Ronaldo, as he added another personal gong to his extensive collection by winning the award for best male player.

Ronaldo won best player, beating Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva (above)
Ronaldo won best player, beating Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva (above)

Ronaldo won best player, beating Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva (above)

The Real Madrid star came out on top of the three person shortlist, ahead of Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva and Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Ronaldo was honoured after helping Real win both La Liga and a second successive Champions League in a hugely successful 2017. 

Accompanied by his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, and his agent, Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo received the award from the president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin.

He got 65 per cent of the votes, well ahead of Patricio with 18 per cent and Bernardo with 17 per cent.

Jose Mourinho  receives the Vasco da Gama prize from Portugal manager Fernando Santos
Jose Mourinho  receives the Vasco da Gama prize from Portugal manager Fernando Santos

Jose Mourinho receives the Vasco da Gama prize from Portugal manager Fernando Santos

Afterwards, Ronaldo said: 'It is a prize also for all my colleagues, 2017 was an excellent year, unforgettable both collectively and individually. I also dedicate it to my four children, that's another record, three children in three months.

'We have to defend what is ours because there is always a Portuguese in the fight. I always believe and say that I am the best, whatever they say, and then I show it on the field. We are in the fight year after year. '

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim won best manager after leading the French side to the Ligue 1 title and the Champions League semi-finals, while Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho won the Vasco da Gama prize for spreading Portuguese football overseas.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim won best manager after leading his side to the Ligue 1 title
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim won best manager after leading his side to the Ligue 1 title

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim won best manager after leading his side to the Ligue 1 title

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