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Ronaldo scoops UEFA's Best Player award

Published 28/08/2014 | 18:57

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo kisses his Best Player UEFA 2014 Award during the draw ceremony for the 2014/2015 Champions League
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo kisses his Best Player UEFA 2014 Award during the draw ceremony for the 2014/2015 Champions League
Real Madrid Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, center,  reacts after winning the best player of the year trophy during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Bayern Munich's Dutch forward Arjen Robben , right and Bayern Munich's German goalkepper Manuel Neuer,  left, applaud.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Real Madrid Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, center, reacts after winning the best player of the year trophy during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Bayern Munich's Dutch forward Arjen Robben , right and Bayern Munich's German goalkepper Manuel Neuer, left, applaud.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)
UEFA President Michel Platini, right, gives the trophy for best player of the year to Real Madrid Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
UEFA President Michel Platini, right, gives the trophy for best player of the year to Real Madrid Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, has been named UEFA's Best Player in Europe.

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Ronaldo scored 17 goals in all as Real won the title for the 10th time. The Portuguese was presented with the award in Monte Carlo by UEFA President Michel Platini at the end of the draw for this season's Champions League.

He won ahead of Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer in a live vote by a panel of 54 journalists.

"I'm really happy, so I must say thanks to my team-mates because without the team, individual awards would not be possible. I don't have this trophy in my museum, so my brother is going to put it there immediately," he said.

Nadine Kessler won the women's award after captaining VfL Wolfsburg to the women's Champions League title, ahead of team-mates Nilla Fischer and Martina Mueller.

Ronaldo opened a museum on Madeira in 2013 to showcase his trophies and medals.

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