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Cristiano Ronaldo named Portugal’s player of the year

Cristiano Ronaldo was voted Portugal’s player of the year as the Real Madrid ace added another accolade to his individual trophy cabinet

football Updated: Mar 21, 2017 17:51 IST
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In this July 10, 2016 file photo, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. (AP)

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Portugal’s player of the year following his hugely successful 2016.

The 32-year-old beat Madrid team-mate Pepe and Sporting CP goalkeeper Rui Patricio to the prestigious individual award at the Quinas de Ouro gala on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo led Madrid to Champions League glory as they beat Atletico Madrid in the final, with the forward netting the decisive spot-kick in the shootout in Milan after scoring 16 times en route to the decider to become the competition’s top scorer.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal poses for a selfie with an unidentified woman prior to the start of the The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 ceremony held at the Swiss TV studio in Zurich on Jan. 9, 2017. (AP)

He went on to help Portugal to their first major trophy at Euro 2016, seeing off hosts France 1-0 after extra-time in the final in Paris, despite Ronaldo being forced off in the first half through injury.

“It was a very special year for me because the Euros was the only trophy I was still missing,” Cristiano Ronaldo said.

“I want to thank the Portuguese people again, they gave us confidence on our way to the title.”

The prolific attacker previously won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best award to cap a sublime 2016.

Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches was voted young player of the year, while national team coach Fernando Santos lifted the coach of the year award.

First Published: Mar 21, 2017 10:22 IST