Friday, 26 August 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo wins the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

The three nominees were Real Madrid duo Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Atlético Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, with the Portuguese winning the award for the second time.

UEFA best player
In a live vote at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco two panels of journalists from across Europe today decided the winner of the award, and it was handed to Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to UEFA, the award “recognises the best player, irrespective of his nationality, playing for a football club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the previous season.” Players are judged by their performances in all competitions, domestic and international, and at club and national team levels throughout the season.
As in previous years, journalists from each of UEFA’s 54 member associations provided a list of their five best-ranked players, with the first receiving five points, the second four, and so on. The ten players with the most points advanced to the second vote, which has determined the three finalists – Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was another spectacular campaign for Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished as UEFA Champions League top scorer for the fourth season running and the fifth time overall with 16 goals as Real Madrid picked up the European Cup for an 11th time.
He possibly even eclipsed those exploits by spearheading Portugal’s unlikely UEFA EURO 2016 success, despite dramatically limping out of the Saint-Denis final midway through the first half. While in France, Ronaldo became joint all-time leading marksman in EURO final tournaments, set a new record for most EURO finals appearances and overtook Luís Figo as Portugal’s most-capped player.
Past editions have been won by Lionel Messi (2011, 2015), Andrés Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribéry (2013) and Ronaldo (2014).
UEFA also handed out the UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award, and it went to WWW of Eintracht Frankfurt and Germany, who scored opener as Frankfurt beat Paris 2-1 in UEFA Women’s Champions League final.
It is also worth noting that ahead of the Champions League group stage draw today and Best Player Award ceremony, UEFA handed out its award for best goal of last season’s tournament – and that award also went to Lionel Messi won the award for his finishing touch to a superb move as Barcelona brushed Roma aside 6-1 in the UEFA Champions League..

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