Portuguese player and Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the UEFA best Player on Thursday. He beats Germany goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer and Netherlands winger, Argen Robben to clinch the award.
Cristiano Ronaldo, speaking during a ceremony that followed the UEFA Champions’ League group stage draws, said, “I am 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.” He led Real Madrid to UEFA Champions League glory last season, and was subsequently voted the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe by a panel of football journalists.
The Portugal captain received the 2013/14 UEFA best player award at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco from UEFA President, Michel Platini.
Cristiano Ronaldo, among the final nominees for the fourth successive year, finished ahead of FC Bayern München’s Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer in a live voting by a 54 journalists panel who voted via an electronic system.
The 29-year-old broke the record for goals, 17, by a player in a UEFA Champions League campaign last season as Real Madrid claimed their long-awaited tenth Champions League title.
“It was amazing, something that Madrid had looked to do for many years. As Madrid players we feel as though you have to win the Champions League. It was a fantastic season – we won the Champions League, the Spanish Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.”
Ronaldo also assessed the challenge facing his club as they are looking to become the first to win UEFA Champions League crown back-to-back. “Everything is possible. I’ve won it with Manchester United and now with Madrid, so we’re looking forward to another one,” he said.