Five Premiership players have been named in the FifPro team of the year announced this morning.
Perhaps more surprising is that Ronaldo is only joined by one more United player, Rio Ferdinand.
The defender may have turned in a shaky display at Everton on Saturday but generally the 29-year-old has been superb throughout 2008.
Indeed, many believe his recent eloquent attack on the WAGS culture around England's abysmal 2006 World Cup campaign bore all the hallmarks of the captain Fabio Capello should have appointed.
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) - Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), John Terry (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Carles Puyol (Barcelona) - Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Kaka (AC Milan), Xavi (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United).