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Ronaldo Replaces Messi As Best Player In Europe

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the 2015/16 Best Player in Europe, replacing previous holder Lionel Messi.

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The Portuguese was the favourite to win the award after leading Los Blancos to their 11th UEFA Champions League triumph and captaining Portugal to their first ever European Championship title.

His teammate Bale also won his second UCL title in three years, but his Euro fairytale with Wales ended in the semi-final against Ronaldo's Portugal.

Antoine Griezmann, meanwhile, reached the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid and the Euro final with France but lost both games.

He was named Euro 2016's Player of the Tournament and also won the Golden Shoe as the top goalscorer in the competition. The Frenchman finished the Euros with six goals in seven games, while both Ronaldo and Bale netted twice.

However, the Portuguese beat both his final contenders in overall club goals last season, netting 51 strikes in 48 games for Real. Sixteen of those came in the Champions League, while Griezmann scored seven and Bale none in the same competition.

Overall, Griezmann netted 32 goals and assisted a further seven strikes in 54 games for Atletico, while Bale scored 19 times and set up another 15 goals in 31 matches for Los Blancos.

A panel of journalists voted for their winner during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.

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This is the second time Ronaldo has lifted the prestigious award, having claimed it in 2013/14 too. He replaces longstanding rival Messi, who won the award in 2014/15.

The Argentine also won the inaugural Best Player in Europe award in 2010/11, while Andres Iniesta (2011/12) and Frank Ribery (2012/13) were the other two winners.

Meanwhile, Ada Hegerberg from Olympique Lyon was named 2015/16 Womens Player of the Year in Europe. 

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

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