Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince met Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Thursday’s 10th Globe Soccer Awards. Image Credit: Instagram/ Courtesy:@faz3

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Cristiano Ronaldo is in Dubai for Thursday’s 10th Globe Soccer Awards, along with Brazilian legends Ronaldinho and Ronaldo

Dubai: The Crown Prince of Dubai rubbed shoulders with one of the most recognised footballer in the world, bringing users on UAE social networking sites to a frenzy.

The photo of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, with Cristiano Ronaldo went viral, receiving over 176,000 likes in one hour alone.

The Instagram post was accompanied with the caption: “A great player and a greater friend”.

Ronaldo then reciprocated the friendly gesture by taking another selfie with the Dubai Crown Prince, and shared it with his 149 million followers, while tagging Shaikh Hamdan in the photo.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ronaldo enjoyed an aerial view of the city as he flew in a helicopter while taking in the breath-taking scenery.

A screengrab of Ronaldo before going on a helicopter flight over Dubai. Image Credit: Instagram

The Portuguese and Juventus forward is currently in Dubai to attend the 10th Globe Soccer Awards, which will be held at the Madinat Jumeirah on Thursday.

Ronaldo also posted two photos of his New Year’s celebrations in Dubai, with the backdrop of the uber-luxurious seven-star Burj Al Arab.

The photo, with the caption "About last night", was taken with his family and received six million likes since it was uploaded on his official Instagram account on Tuesday. 

A photo of Ronaldo with his partner Georgina Rodriguez, along with their son, was shared with his 149 million followers as he took to social media to wish everyone a happy new year.

Other stars who are expected to fly into Dubai for the gala event include Fifa president Gianni Infantino, France coach Didier Deschamps, former England manager Fabio Capello, Brazilian legends Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and former referee Pierluigi Collina, who will all be participating in the Dubai International Sports Conference on January 2 and 3, 2019.

A TV audience of more than 800 million viewers is expected to watch the Globe Soccer Awards, which will also see trophies presented to the best coach, club, sporting director, referee and agent.

Special awards such as the Coach Career Award — presented by Du — and several Player Career Awards will also be made on the night.

Over the years, more than 90 Globe Soccer Awards have been presented to stars such as Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Francesco Totti.