Cristiano Ronaldo has laid hands on another accolade in his remarkable career when he was voted UEFA’s Player of the Season for the third time in four seasons.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and veteran Italy and Juventus captain Gigi Buffon were second and third respectively in the annual rankings voted by last season’s UEFA club group stage coaches and a journalists’ jury organised by European Sports Media. Dutch European champion Lieke Martens won the women’s player prize.
The Portuguese national team captain ended 2016-17 in triumph with Real Madrid having become the first club to win the modern-era Champions League two seasons in a row to add to their world and Spanish league prizes.
He scored 12 goals in Europe’s elite club competition including two in the 4-1 defeat of Juventus in the final in Cardiff. They took his total to a record 106, comprising 16 with Manchester United and 90 with Madrid.
The Portugal skipper also led his national team reach the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia in June and July.
Ronaldo also helped Madrid to victory over Messi’s Barcelona in the season’s curtain-raising Spanish Supercup despite being sent off.
Unfortunately, the 32-year-old is currently serving a five-match ban after he angrily pushed referee Ricardo de Burgos as he left the pitch LaLiga kickoff during the second-leg of the Spanish Super Cup.