Ronaldo beats Messi, Buffon to clinch UEFA player of the year award

Real Madrid and Portugal forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has won his third UEFA men’s player of the year award in four seasons, beating Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to get the trophy.

Each of Ronaldo’s honours as the best player in Europe followed Real Madrid winning the Champions League.

The 32-year-old, who also picked up the Forward of the Season award, has now won the award three times, one more than Messi.

The Madrid and Portugal star is strongly favoured to get a fifth FIFA world player prize in October.

The three-player shortlist was chosen by a panel of 80 coaches of clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2016/17 Champions League and Europa League and 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.

UEFA created a European prize after the original Ballon d’Or merged with FIFA’s world award.

Meanwhile, Real’s Luka Modrid was named Midfielder of the Season, with team-mate and club captain Sergio Ramos awarded Defender of the Season.

Goalkeeper of the Season went to Juventus’ Buffon, who is set to play in his final season of Champions League football.

Barcelona winger Lieke Martens was named UEFA women’s Player of the Year, beating Vfl Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan

Martens guided the Dutch women’s team to their first international title when they won the European championship this year. The 24-year-old was named player of the tournament.


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