Cristiano Ronaldo beats the competition to win UEFA award

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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.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning Euro 2016 with Portugal - (Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport)
(Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport)

The 31-year-old saw off competition from his Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid 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.

Despite winning Euro 2016 with Portugal, Ronaldo scored only three times at Euro 2016, with Griezmann finishing the competition as top-scorer with six goals.

The Real Madrid striker was also injured 25 minutes into the final against France, and was forced to watch on from the sidelines in extra time as Portugal held on to win.