The Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the 2016/17 season.
The 32-year-old Portuguese international picked up the trophy for the second consecutive season and third time in total, having also received the accolade in 2013/14.he helped the Spanish club to their second successive UEFA Champions League title and 12th overall in European football’s premier club competition – received the award at the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday.
Ronaldo, who finished top scorer in last season’s UEFA Champions League with 12 goals, including two in the final against Juventus in Cardiff, received 482 points in the poll, with Messi (141 votes) and Buffon (109 votes) finishing second and third respectively.
He finished ahead of two other shortlisted candidates, Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in a poll of the 80 coaches in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.
The Madrid player is first player ever to score in three Champions League finals and helped Real become the first team in history to retain the trophy.
Ronaldo previously scored for Manchester United in their final against Chelsea in 2008 and for Real against Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final.
His brace in the 2017 final meant he finished as the top scorer in this season’s Champions League, with 12 goals.
See the full list of winners below…
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Women’s Player of the Year: Lieke Martens
Best Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Gianluigi Buffon
Best Defender of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Sergio Ramos
Best Midfielder of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Luka Modri?
Best Forward of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA President’s Award: Francesco Totti