Thursday, August 24, 2017

King and Queen! Ronaldo and Martens crowned UEFA Men and Player of the Year

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA Men's Player of the Year (also known as the European best player) for the second year running.

Ronaldo edged out Barcelona star Lionel Messi and legendary Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to clinch the award on record, for the third time.

The Portugal captain scored 25 goals in the Spanish La Liga last season, and 12 goals in 13 matches during Real Madrid's triumph in last season's Champions League, (A feat he attained after finishing the group stage with just 2 goals).

Previous winners of this award include Frank Ribery, Messi and Andres Iniesta.

The award night also saw Buffon named the goalkeeper of the season while Real Madrid duo of Sergio Ramos won and Luka Modric won the best defender and midfielder award respectively.

The best forward award went to Cristiano Ronaldo who edged out Paulo Dybala and Messi for the award.

Meanwhile, Dutch star Lieke Martens has been named UEFA Women's Player of the Year for the 2016/17 season.

The 24-year-old Barcelona forward, who recently helped the Netherlands to win UEFA Women's EURO 2017 on home soil and aided Rosengård to the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals, received the award at a ceremony during the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday.

She finished ahead of her fellow shortlisted candidates – Wolfsburg and Denmark striker Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyonnais and Germany playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsán .

Martens, named by UEFA as player of the tournament at Women's EURO after scoring three goals in the Netherlands' march to the European crown , received 95 points in the poll, with Harder (81 points) and Marozsán (47 points) finishing second and third respectively.

By Emmanuel Ndibe and Cosmos Chukwuemeka Akisi

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