Ronaldo wins UEFA best player, Buffon best goal-stopper

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award 2017.

Reacting to the award, Ronaldo said, "The same [goals] every year, the same challenge - to win everything that's possible with my club, with my national team".

Ronaldo, who won his fourth Champions League title, finished the competition as the top scorer with 12 goals, including two in the final against Italian giants Juventus.

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Ronaldo beat off competition from his Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to take the prestigious award at a ceremony in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday.

"I'm so glad to be here, and honoured to win this trophy again".

"This trophy will give me the motivation to keep working hard, never to give up".

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The Portugal global scored twice in last season's Champions League final against Juventus to help Madrid claim their twelfth title, while he also passed the 100 goals mark in the competition. "Thank you - I'm so happy".

The Real Madrid player won four titles with Real Madrid last season, one of the club's greatest ever in terms of titles, winning the UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup, LaLiga and the Champions League, the first time any club had won back to back Champions League titles.

Ronaldo previously won the UEFA award in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016.


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The Portugal star was also named as the forward of the season, with the awards being given out at the Champions League draw in Monaco.

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