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Ronaldo Named UEFA Best Player In Europe

Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, was voted UEFA Best Player in Europe 2014, leaving Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben in second and third place.

The 29-year-old won the live-vote by journalists from each of UEFA's 54 member associations at the Champions League draw in Monaco today.

Ronaldo was the clear favourite to win the award after his record-breaking season which helped his side to their tenth European Cup – the famous La Decima – and the Copa del Rey.

The FIFA Ballon d’Or winner also broke the record for most goals in a single Champions League campaign (17) and was the best La Liga goal-scorer. In addition, he was the joint best scorer in Europe with Luis Suarez after both scored 31 league goals.

Ronaldo left Germany goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, and Dutch winger, Arjen Robben, who both convinced at the World Cup behind. Neuer was the first ever goalkeeper on the shortlist, while Robben also made the final three for the first time.

This season marked the fourth edition of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, which was born out of an initiative by UEFA President Michel Platini to have a counterpart to FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

Ronaldo was the only of the final three nominees who made the shortlist all three times before, but he had previously missed out to Franck Ribéry (2012/13), Andrés Iniesta (2011/12) and Lionel Messi (2010/11).

Do you think Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the award? Have your say in the comment section below.

UEFA Player Of The Year – Cristiano Ronaldo

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