Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA's best player in Europe award

Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a one-match ban for the 10th red card of his career. AFP

Ronaldo scored 12 goals and provided five assists in the Champions League last season as Real became the first club in the modern era to retain the trophy.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017 on Thursday after a campaign that saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double.

The Portuguese, who was also named world footballer of the year by Federation Internationale de Football Association in January, came ahead of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the voting.

"I'm so glad to be here, and honoured to win this trophy again". Although some will have you believe the two players are sworn enemies and can't stand the sight of each other, both men can at least offer the other the odd congratulatory handshake when required. I know it is not a trophy of the national team but when I go to them they give me motivation every time.

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Precisely this happened after Ronaldo accepted his latest award on Thursday.

The awards for the 2016-17 season, which culminated when Real Madrid beat Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff, were presented prior to the draw for this season's tournament.

Sergio Ramos was named best defender of last season and Luka Modric best midfielder as Real swept the individual outfield awards.

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