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Cristiano Ronaldo named UEFA Best Player in Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

The forward led Real Madrid to Champions League glory before captaining Portugal to victory at Euro 2016, their first major title.

Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, left, holds his
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, left, holds his "best player of the year" trophy, as he is congratulated by team mate Gareth Bale, right, who was nominated for the same award, and Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez, during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

The 31-year-old saw off competition from his Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann to land the award.

Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Madrid last season, including the winning penalty in the shoot-out win over Atletico in the Champions League final.

He scored only three times at Euro 2016, Griezmann finishing the competition as top-scorer with six goals, and was injured 25 minutes into the final against France.

However, he inspired the team from the touchline to claim an unlikely extra-time victory.

Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, kisses his trophy after winning the best player of the year award, during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, kisses his trophy after winning the best player of the year award, during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 25, 2016 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 25, 2016 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) stands next to Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 25, 2016 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) stands next to Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 25, 2016 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, left, holds his
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, left, holds his "best player of the year" trophy, as he poses with Real Madrid's forward Gareth Bale, right, who was nominated for the same award, and Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez, during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo holds his trophy of Best Men's player in Europe at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 25, 2016 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo holds his trophy of Best Men's player in Europe at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 25, 2016 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

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