Ricardinho is still the king. The Portuguese footballer has been named best player in the world for the fifth consecutive year and sixth in his career by the specialized website 'Futsalplanet'. This award is considered the 'Golden Ball' of futsal.
The Portuguese star was in the voting ahead of two teammates, the Movistar Inter de Torrejón: the Brazilian Gadeia was second, while the Spaniard Pola took third place. With his sixth trophy, Ricardinho has overtaken the Brazilians Falcao, with four, and Manoel Tobias, with three, since these awards were established in the year 2000. Javi Rodríguez (2005), Kike Boned (2009) and Sergio Lozano (2013) ) have been the only Spaniards to achieve it.
At 33, Ricardinho remains the great benchmark of futsal worldwide. Since arriving in Spain, the Portuguese has won two European Cups, five consecutive Leagues, three Spanish Cups, two Super Cups and one Copa del Rey.