Ronaldo named Best Player in Europe

STAR PLAYER:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid looks set to play today    Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images
STAR PLAYER: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid looks set to play today Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo of Champions League winners Real Madrid was Thursday named the UEFA Best Player in Europe, defeating Bayern Munich duo Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben for the prestigious award.

Ronaldo, 29, scored a penalty in Real's 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in May but short of fitness had a disappointing World Cup in Brazil as Portugal were eliminated in the group stage.

It is the second time Ronaldo has picked up the award having also won in 2008 when playing for Manchester United in the Premier League.

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