MONACO: Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday subsequent to winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal.

“It’s a great honor. My team-mates are the key – they are the key every year. I work hard myself but without their help this would not be possible. Thanks to my team-mates from Real Madrid and Portugal. [Winning EURO] was different because I’ve won the Champions League three times now. To win something with Portugal was the highlight of my career”, he reacted.

Ronaldo, got the award for the second time in his career in the wake of completing in front 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,” Ronaldo added.

Ronaldo scored three goals on the way to the final of the competition to equivalent France’s Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in the European Championship finals.

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