Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA’s best player for the 2015/16 season over teammate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.
The announcement came on Thursday in Monaco, after the Champions League draw.
Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were chosen from an original list of six players based on the total number of votes they received. The other 3 players included Barcelona duo Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, as well as Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
The previous recipient of this trophy was Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo had an excellent 2015-2016 season season. He won the Champions League with Real Madrid and also won the Euros with Portugal.
The Portuguese attacker scored a massive 35 goals for Real Madrid in the league and also notched up 11 assists in 36 appearances.
He was the top scorer in the Champions League, scoring 28 times and assisting 7 this season from a total of 19 games played.
Watch his brilliant speech below:
Ronaldo wins. pic.twitter.com/cN5ZERnuzW
— Portista (@FCPortoGlobal) August 25, 2016
He also scored 3 goals and got 2 assists for Portugal as they went on to lift the Euro 2016 title. Ronaldo unfortunately missed a major part of the finals, as he had to be taken off due to an injury.
Bale was Ronaldo’s teammate at Real Madrid, and won the Champions League with him.
Bale captained his national team Wales in the Euros and led them to the semi-finals, where they lost to the eventual winners Portugal. Bale scored 3 goals in 6 games for Wales.
Antoine Griezmann was the star of France’s Euro 2016 campaign with 6 goals in 7 matches. He was the top scorer of the tournament, and took France to the Finals, where they lost to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Griezmann scored 32 goals for Atletico Madrid last season. Atletico reached the Champions League finals and lost to Real Madrid in the finals for the second time in two years.
Will Ronaldo build on this success and go on to win the Ballon d’Or in January?