This is the third time Cristiano Ronaldo has taken home the UEFA Player of the Year award, winning it in 2013/14 and 2015/16.
This comes after UEFA named Ronaldo as the Best Foward of last year’s Champions League campaign.
It has been somewhat of a season of transition for the Madrid man, transforming from a fleet-footed winger, hugging the touchline and using his searing pace to beat defenders to move more centrally, becoming the ultimate goalscorer for Europe’s most decorated club.
He took things to another level when it really counted, scoring a total of 10 goals in the final three stages of the Champions League and 6 in his last four La Liga appearances to hold of Barcelona on the home front, including one on the final day against Malaga to help seal the title.
Ronaldo also set two records, becoming the first player to score 100 UEFA club competition goals and then the first to reach 100 Champions League goals less than a week later.
The Portuguese star’s numbers speak for themselves. He has 25 goals in 29 appearances domestically and 12 goals in 13 Champions League appearances, winning the UEFA Champions League, Spanish Liga and the FIFA Club World Cup with Real Madrid.
For most players, a dip could be expected after winning the Champions League and Euro 2016 with a matter of months, but Ronaldo excelled.
He was nominated for UEFA Player of the Year alongside his old foe Lionel Messi and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon but once again Ronaldo came out on top.