Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA men’s player of the year for the third time

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award after another impressive campaign for his club and country.

Ronaldo beat off competition from his Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to take the prestigious award at a ceremony in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday.

The Portugal international scored twice in last season’s Champions League final against Juventus to help Madrid claim their twelfth title, while he also passed the 100 goals mark in the competition.

Speaking at the awards, Ronaldo vowed to maintain his high standards after accepting the award from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

“Every year is the same challenge – to win everything, if possible,” he said.


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