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NYON, Switzerland (Web Desk) – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Best Men’s Player in Europe Award after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal.

Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

“I’m obviously delighted to receive this award, it’s been an incredible season. But these two other players deserve it as well,” said Ronaldo, who also won the prize in 2013-14.

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“We are really happy because two Real players were among the best in Europe,” said club president Florentino Perez.

Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Real who won the Champions League and finished runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga.

The Portugal marksman also played a key role in his country’s triumph at Euro 2016.

The award was voted for by journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations, the BBC reported.

Norway striker Ada Hegerberg won the women’s award, ahead of France’s Amandine Henry and Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany, after helping Lyon lift the Women’s Champions League trophy in addition to the French league and cup double.