Ronaldo named Portugal’s player of the year

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Portugal’s
player of the year following his hugely successful 2016.

The 32-year-old beat Madrid team-mate Pepe and Sporting CP
goalkeeper Rui Patricio to the prestigious individual award at
the Quinas de Ouro gala on Monday.

Ronaldo led Madrid to Champions League glory as they beat
Atletico Madrid in the final, with the forward netting the
decisive spot-kick in the shootout in Milan after scoring 16
times en route to the decider to become the competition’s top
scorer.

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He went on to help Portugal to their first major trophy at
Euro 2016, seeing off hosts France 1-0 after extra-time in the
final in Paris, despite Ronaldo being forced off in the first
half through injury.

“It was a very special year for me because the Euros was the
only trophy I was still missing,” Ronaldo said.

“I want to thank the Portuguese people again, they gave us
confidence on our way to the title.”

The prolific attacker previously won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s
The Best award to cap a sublime 2016.

Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches was voted young
player of the year, while national team coach Fernando
Santos lifted the coach of the year award.

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