Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA’s Best Player in Europe for the second time in his career after an amazing season that saw him win the Champions League and Euro 2016 Championship.

The Real Madrid forward and Portugal Captain beat club team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in the voting.

Ronaldo last won the award after the 2013-14 season.

Voters were drawn from journalists from each of UEFAs 55 member associations.

Ronaldo, 31, struck the winning spot-kick as Real claimed a record 11th European Cup title as they defeated city rivals Atletico on penalties in May, before leading his country to its first European Championship in France in July.

He scored three goals en route the final of the Euro Championship to equal France’s Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in the European Championship finals.

Barcelona and Argentina skipper, Lionel Messi, who was also one of the 10 players shortlisted for this year’s award won last year’s award.


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