Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again. For the second time, Ronaldo has received the UEFA Best Player in Europe award. He is the only player along with Lionel Messi to claim the honour twice. Ronaldo beat out Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale and Atletico star Antoine Griezmann for the prestigious award.
“Of course, I feel happy because it was an unbelievable season,” Ronaldo said after accepting the award following the completion of the Champions League draw.
“But it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention these two amazing players [Bale and Griezmann]. Griezmann, I am sorry for your loss to Portugal in the final, but you are an amazing player. It was an unbelievable season.”
“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.”
Ronaldo will now hope to be crowned the best player in the world at the Ballon d’Or ceremony at the end of the year.