Real Madrid hit man, Cristiano Ronaldo has again been named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017 on Thursday after a campaign, which saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double. It was the third time that Ronaldo had won the award, which was presented on the side-lines of the Champions’ League group stage draw. It was strange not to see Arsenal feature in the draw where they have in the last 20 years.
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. Ronaldo who said he was blessed to have won the award yet again said, “There are the same goals every year, to meet the same challenges, win everything if possible, qualify for the World Cup with my national team.
Further expressing his delight at the win, the superstar footballer added, “This trophy will give me the motivation to keep working hard, never to give up. I am blessed and delighted to be with Real Madrid.” Ronaldo won the UEFA award in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 and in the Champions League last season, where Realhis club, Real Madrid defeated Juventus 4-1 in the final, he finished as top scorer with 12 goals. Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon was second in the voting ahead of Messi.