Real Madrid and Portugal talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA best player of the year.
The Portugal international won the award ahead of teammate Gareth Bale and Atletico’s Griezmann.
Cristiano scored the winning spotkick for Madrid in the UCL final, after scoring 16 goals in 12 matches.
The former Manchester United star scored a total of 54 goals in La Liga, the Champions League and the European Championship, far outstripping his rivals.
“It’s a great honour and thanks to the journalists for voting for me,” he said.
“My team-mates are the key – they are the key every year. I work hard myself but without the help of my team-mates this would not be possible. Thanks to my team-mates from Real Madrid and Portugal.”
“I have to mention Portugal because it was the first in their history. It was different because I’ve won the Champions League three times. To win something with Portugal was the highlight of my career.”
Bale netted 19 league goals and also played a key role in guiding Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 while Griezmann helped France to the final on home turf, scoring six goals in addition to the 29 he had bagged for his club.
Ronaldo will now hope to be crowned the best player in the world at the Ballon d’Or ceremony at the end of the year, with Lionel Messi the current holder of the prize.