Ronaldo Crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe

29 August 2016, 03:09 | Kristine Mills

"(Antoine) Griezmann - sorry you lost the final, (European Championship), Gareth (Bale), semi-finals, sorry for Portugal but I think you deserve it too because you're an wonderful player and you did an unbelievable season". "But these two other players deserve it as well", said Ronaldo.

Ronaldo's heroics for Euro 2016 winners Portugal and Champions League victors Real Madrid last term earned him the prize announced in Monaco. I will work to achieve it as I've done every year.

The award was decided by voting- with 55 journalists casting their votes.

After he was named victor, Ronaldo said: "My team-mates are the key".

The Portugal captain got the better of France star Griezmann in both finals before trumping the 25-year-old at the award ceremony in Monaco on Thursday, but believes his Atletico Madrid rival would have been a worthy victor.

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As Ronaldo basked in his glory, Griezmann was left to reflect on another near miss, having also been on the losing side against the Portugal star in both the Champions League and Euros finals.

Ronaldo, however, was hopeful that Griezmann would surely clinch the award one day, reported.

"I will be not fair if I'm not going to mention these two wonderful players".

Ronaldo scored 35 goals for Real Madrid in La Liga and 16 goals in Champions League competition in 2015. "Unfortunately he could not win the Champions League and the Euro, and rightly merits Team promotes individuality, that's why Ronaldo won". What I want is to be competitive for another year'.

Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated his desire to retire at Real Madrid after reigning supreme in Europe. "To win something with Portugal was the highlight of my career", he said.

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