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Ronaldo wins UEFA Player of the Year award

Real Madrid’s striker Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA’s Player of the Year ahead of Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon. UEFA, the European soccer’s governing body announced during the Champions League draw in Monaco, France on Thursday. Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, 39 was named the best goalkeeper of the competition, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was named Defender of the Season after leading the Spaniards to three Champions League trophies in four seasons.

Another Real Madrid star Luka Modric was voted Midfielder of the Season in the competition, while Cristiano Ronaldo, who came alive in the latter rounds and scored key goals against Bayern Munich and Juventus, was named Forward of the Year. Netherlands and Barcelona star Lieke Martens was voted women’s Player of the Season. The winners were voted for by club coaches and selected European football journalists.

According to Reuters, the three-player shortlist was chosen by a panel of 80 coaches of clubs that participated in thr group stages of the 2016/2017 Champions League and Europa League and 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.

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