Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Player of the Year award

first_imgCristiano 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.Ronaldo helped Real to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals last season. He has now won the award three times, one more than Messi. (UEFA Champions League: Champions Real Madrid draw Dortmund, Tottenham in Group H)Each of Ronaldo’s honors as the best player in Europe followed Real Madrid winning the Champions League.Reuters PhotoThe Madrid and Portugal star is strongly favored to get a fifth FIFA world player prize in October.The UEFA vote by journalists from 55 member federations was announced on Thursday at the Champions League group-stage draw.UEFA created a European prize after the original Ballon d’Or merged with FIFA’s world award.MARTENS BAGS WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEARBarcelona winger Lieke Martens was named UEFAwomen’s Player of the Year, beating VfL Wolfsburg striker PernilleHarder and Olympique Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, Europeansoccer’s governing body announced during the Champions League groupstage draw in Monaco on Thursday.Martensguided the Dutch women’s team to their first international title whenthey won the European championship this year. The 24-year-old was namedplayer of the tournament.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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