Martens named UEFA women's Player of the Year

Lynette Rowe
August 25, 2017

The Portuguese, who was also named world footballer of the year by Federation Internationale de Football Association in January, came ahead of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the voting.

The Real Madrid star, 32, scooped the honour after helping his side to UEFA Champions League glory in 2016-2017, scoring 12 goals in the competition.

Ronaldo, who also won the prize this time previous year, was part of the final three-man shortlist alongside Messi and Buffon.

It was presented to the Portugal worldwide at the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.

The audience laughs as Buffon chuckles next to him, trying to mask the pain of having never won a Champions League title despite going so close.

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"Finally, I want to thank everyone at Real Madrid for all their love, and a big thanks to all of those that helped me win this award", the player concluded. I love to be here, to be on the stage, to win trophies.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo's team Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League group stage while five-time winners Barcelona were drawn with last season's runners-up Juventus.

Ronaldo, who took the award on Thursday night, helped Real win the UEFA Champions League for a second successive time last season and also won European Championships with Portugal previous year.

The Roma legend, who spent his entire career at the Rome club before retiring at the conclusion of last season, became the third Italian to be given the honour, joining AC Milan legends Gianni Rivera and Paolo Maldini.

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