Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Player of the Year award
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Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Player of the Year award

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA's Player of the Year, beating Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to the prize.

Ronaldo helped Real to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament's top scorer with 12 goals last season.

The 32-year-old, who also picked up the Forward of the Season award, has now won the award three times, one more than Messi.

The three-player shortlist was chosen by a panel of 80 coaches of clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2016/17 Champions League and Europa League and 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

Meanwhile, Real's Luka Modrid was named Midfielder of the Season, with team-mate and club captain Sergio Ramos awarded Defender of the Season.

Goalkeeper of the Season went to Juventus' Buffon, who is set to play in his final season of Champions League football.

Barcelona winger Lieke Martens was named UEFA women's Player of the Year, beating VfL Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan

Martens guided the Dutch women's team to their first international title when they won the European championship this year. The 24-year-old was named player of the tournament.

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