Real Madrid superstar and Portugal skipper, Cristiano Ronaldo has pipped the duo of Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann to the UEFA Best Player In Europe award for the second time in his career.
Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League in 2016 and he also guided Portugal to Euro 2016 glory, their first ever major trophy in history.
On receiving the award, Ronaldo had this to say:
“It’s a great honour and thanks to the journalists for voting for me,” he said.
“My team-mates are the key – they are the key every year. I work hard myself but without the help of my team-mates this would not be possible. Thanks to my team-mates from Real Madrid and Portugal”.
“I have to mention Portugal because it was the first in their history. It was different because I’ve won the Champions League three times. To win something with Portugal was the highlight of my career”.
Next up for Ronaldo will be the Ballon d’Or trophy which he hopes to capture much later.