The agent of Real Madrid star duo Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo has been recognised for his efforts by the Portuguese government.

Jorge Mendes received on Friday the Necklace of Honour for Sporting Merit.

"I am proud to receive this award, it acknowledges my work over many years, but I owe everything to the coaches and players with whom I have worked," he told reporters.

"My dream now is that Portugal win Euro 2012. We are a reference in world football for the quality coaches and players that we have and for the fact that we have the best player in the world right now and, without a doubt, the best coach."