Ronaldo Wins UEFA’s Player Of The Year Award
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as UEFA’s Player of the Year, beating Lionel Messi and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon to the prize.
Ronaldo, 32, helped Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals last season.
The Portugal international has now won the award three times, one more than Barcelona’s 30-year-old forward Messi.
“There are the same goals every year, to meet the same challenges, win everything if possible, qualify for the World Cup with my national team,” said Ronaldo.
“This trophy will give me the motivation to keep working hard, never to give up. I am blessed and delighted to be with Real Madrid.”
Ronaldo won the UEFA award in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 and in the Champions League last season, where Real defeated Juventus 4-1 in the final, he finished as top scorer with 12 goals.
Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon was second in the voting ahead of Messi.