Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA’s ‘best player in Europe’ award

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On Thursday Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won UEFA’s ‘best player in Europe’ award for the first time in his career.

Ronaldo, 29, has been nominated for their award for four-straight seasons but had yet to collect the gong, until now.

The Real forward beat off competition from Bayern Munich duo Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer and collected the trophy in Monaco following the draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Last season Ronaldo broke the record for the most goals scored in a single Champions League campaign, 17, as he led Real Madrid to the UCL title, their first since 2002, as the Spanish side completed ‘La Decima.’

In total he scored 51 goals in 47 matches for Real Madrid in the 2013-14 campaign and led Portugal’s national team to the 2014 World Cup.

The former Manchester United forward is the current World Player of the Year after picking up the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013.