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Ronaldo beats Messi to win UEFA Player of the Year award

Last updated on: August 24, 2017 23:30 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo

IMAGE: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo kisses his Best Player UEFA 2014 Award. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA's Player of the Year, beating Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to the prize, European soccer's governing body announced during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday.

 

Ronaldo helped Real to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament's top scorer with 12 goals last season. He has now won the award three times, one more than Messi.

The three-player shortlist was chosen by a panel of 80 coaches of clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2016/17 Champions League and Europa League and 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

Martens named UEFA women's Player of the Year

Lieke Martens

IMAGE: Lieke Martens celebrates. Photograph: UEFA/Twitter

Barcelona winger Lieke Martens was named UEFA women's Player of the Year, beating VfL Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, European soccer's governing body announced.

Martens guided the Dutch women's team to their first international title when they won the European championship this year. The 24-year-old was named player of the tournament.

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