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Ronaldo Beats Messi To UEFA Player of the Year Award

Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi To UEFA Player of the Year Award

By David Kappel - Aug 24, 2017 07:03 PM @kappilinho

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten longstanding rival Lionel Messi to the 2016/17 UEFA Player of the Year trophy.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Ronaldo's trophies in 2016/17 campaign.

The Portuguese defended his title, becoming the first player to lift the trophy three times in doing so.

Ronaldo can look back at an incredible season, during which his 42 goals in all competitions helped Los Blancos lift the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, and their first La Liga title since 2012, and also become the first side to defend the UEFA Champions League trophy.

In particular, the 32-year-old impressed during the final stages of the 2016/17 campaign, netting 16 goals in his last nine games of the season. He first struck five in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, before scoring a hat-trick in the first leg of Real's semi-final against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid.

In addition, his six goals in his last four La Liga outings were crucial in Real's league title bid, and he finished the 2016/17 campaign with two goals in the Champions League final against Juventus, who had only conceded three strikes during the whole tournament before losing 4-1 to Real in Cardiff.

His 12 goals in the 2016/17 Champions League campaign and abovementioned heroics in the latter stages, along with becoming the first player to score 100 goals in the competition, made Ronaldo the clear favourite to lift the award.

Read: Ronaldo Closes In On Messi's Trophy Haul

Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon completed the podium, but while the Argentine went home empty-handed, the Italian was named UEFA Champions League goalkeeper of the 2016/17 season.

Who do you think will end his career with more trophies, Ronaldo or Messi? Have your say in the comments section below.


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CR7
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CR7...
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Four goalkeepers?
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I'm very fortunate to have witnessed King CR7 scoring n breaking all records in my lifetime
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The greatest footballer of all times has done it again
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All hail KING Ronaldo
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King King King! Ikweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. umona phansi
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bhekza sportsman Aug 25, 2017 11:38 AM
i have followed Ronaldo since Man U days bt ds past season is de best since he lived Manchester he's a great player and we are lucky 2 watch him play in our lifetime he's one of de best players i ever saw
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bhekza sportsman Aug 25, 2017 11:37 AM
i have followed Ronaldo since Man U days bt ds past season is de best since he lived Manchester he's a great player and we are lucky 2 watch him play in our lifetime he's one of de best players i ever saw
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bhekza sportsman Aug 25, 2017 11:35 AM
i have followed Ronaldo since Man U days bt ds past season is de best since he lived Manchester he's a great player and we are lucky 2 watch him play in our lifetime he's one of de best players i ever saw
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Heil the king
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The King is a conqueror
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Hala CR7
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well,yeah, i am glad things are on the right track, let them jealous ppl be jelas
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he is not done yet
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congrets to mr cr7
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at his age, I don't think Meisie will emulate CR7,,he's finish
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King CR7 all the way
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@Big Mike LOL he vomited in the plane

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