Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Europe's Best Player for the second time after beating Gareth Bale and Antione Griezmann for the 2015-16 season. Ronaldo, scored the winning penalty for Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid and captained Portugal to Euro 2016 glory in July.
The presentation was made after Real were drawn in the Champions League's Group F for this season with Legia Warsaw, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.
Ronaldo and Messi are now the only two players to have won the prize twice. Ronaldo won it following the 2013-14 season while Messi was the first winner in 2010-11 and the holder from last year.
Ronaldo said: "It’s a great honor and thanks to the journalists for voting for me. "My team-mates are the key - they are the key every year. I work hard myself but without the help of my team-mates this would not be possible. Thanks to my team-mates from Real Madrid and Portugal. "I have to mention Portugal because it was the first in their history. It was different because I’ve won the Champions League three times. To win something with Portugal was the highlight of my career.”
Lyon and Norway striker Ada Hegerberg won the women's award.
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