After making it to the top three, Ronaldo wins UEFA’s best player in Europe, making his home team Portugal and his club Real Madrid very proud!
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Europe’s Best Player. This was after he won the Champions League and Euro 2016 last season. The renowned footballer claimed the crown after he was joined by fellow Los Blancos maestro Gareth Bale, and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the final three nominees.
After making it to the top three, Ronaldo wins UEFA’s best player in Europe, making his home team Portugal as well as his club very proud. The nominees were chosen by a 55 member journalist association who were asked to make five choices as the best player in the continent last season. Ronaldo in the previous stage of voting, saw big shot Lionel Messi out of the nominee roll before becoming part of the top three.
Interestingly, he and Messi have become the only two players to have won the prize twice. It would be recalled that Messi was the first winner in 2010-11 and the holder from last year.
The presentation was made after Real Madrid was drawn in the Champions League’s Group F for this season with Legia Warsaw, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night. The delighted Ronaldo took out time to thank his team mates for making it possible for him to achieve such a great feat.
The 31-year-old scored the winning penalty for Real in the Champions League final against Atletico. Ronaldo also captained Portugal to Euro 2016 glory in July. Before leading Portugal to victory, Ronaldo scored 51 club goals in 48 appearances last season, laying on 15 assists for his team-mates.
A little about the runner-ups; France international Griezmann, scored 32 goals in 54 matches in all competitions for Atletico Madrid last term, with seven goals in 13 games in Europe, on the way to the final. Bale scored 19 goals in 30 matches for Real Madrid last term, but failed to score in eight European games.