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Ronaldo wins UEFA Player of the Year award

Ronaldo wins UEFA Player of the Year award”

Messi is on a three-man short-list for the award, along with Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Before and during the subsequent court proceedings, Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing, while his start to the season has been interrupted by a five-match ban for pushing the referee after being sent off in Madrid's Supercopa de Espana win at Barcelona. His great rival Lionel Messi has won the prize on two occasions and could pave the way for him to capture a fifth Ballon d'Or title.

"This trophy will give me the motivation to keep working hard, never to give up".

"It's an important game for the fans", he told Real Madrid's official website.

After get crowned as the UEFA Player of the Year on Thursday, the Portuguese hero was asked by reporters to name his successors, and he tipped the likes of Eden Hazard, Marcus Rashford, Marco Asensio, Ousmane Dembele, and Kylian Mbappe as future winners.

Ronaldo, who took the award on Thursday night, helped Real win the UEFA Champions League for a second successive time last season and also won European Championships with Portugal a year ago.

Martens guided the Dutch women's team to their first global title when they won the European championship this year.

The 39-year-old added another Serie A and Coppa Italia double to his vast collection of silverware, but he won't be getting UEFA's personal gong.



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