The Real Madrid trio of Sergio Ramos, Luka Modri? and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon emerged winners at the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League positional awards.
Ronaldo won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the 2016/17 season picking up the trophy for the second consecutive season and third time in total.
See the full list of winners below…
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Women’s Player of the Year: Lieke Martens
Best Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Gianluigi Buffon
Best Defender of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Sergio Ramos
Best Midfielder of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Luka Modri?
Best Forward of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA President’s Award: Francesco Totti
It was the third time that Ronaldo had won the award which was presented on the sidelines of the Champions League group stage draw.
His great rival Lionel Messi has won the prize on two occasions and could pave the way for him to capture a fifth Ballon d’Or title.
“There are the same goals every year, to meet the same challenges, win everything if possible, qualify for the World Cup with my national team,” said Ronaldo.
“This trophy will give me the motivation to keep working hard, never to give up. I am blessed and delighted to be with Real Madrid.”
Ronaldo won the UEFA award in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 and in the Champions League last season, where Real defeated Juventus 4-1 in the final, he finished as top scorer with 12 goals.
Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon was second in the voting ahead of Messi
The Portugal captain is now odds-on favourite for a fifth ballon d’Or award later this year that will see him match Barcelona’s Messi.
Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammates Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric took home the best defender and midfielder awards respectively, while Juve’s shot-stopper Buffon was named the best goalkeeper for guiding the Italians to the final.
Meanwhile, Madrid have been drawn in a rather tough looking Group H that features Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspurs and Apoel Nicosia, while Barca will battle Juventus, Olympiacos and Sporting CP for a place in the last 16.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will go against Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moskva, while Chelsea have their hands full with Atletico Madrid, Roma and minnows Qarabag.