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Portugal bestows highest honor on Cristiano Ronaldo

Jan 3, 2014, 3:54 PM EDT

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is scheduled to receive the Order of Prince Henry from Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva.

The award is a Portuguese order of knighthood, and will be given to the 26-year-old for representing his country on the biggest stage.

“He is a worldwide symbol of Portugal,” said Silva, “making the country better known internationally and an example of perseverance for younger generations.”

The Portuguese national team’s captain became the country’s joint all-time leading scorer with 47 goals when he bagged a hat-trick against Sweden in World Cup qualifying.

The ceremony will take place Tuesday at the presidential palace in Lisbon.

Ronaldo will be recognized into the Officer rank of the Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique.

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