Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Best Player in Europe by UEFA on Thursday in Monaco, beating out club teammate Gareth Bale and city rival Antoine Griezmann in the process. Griezmann had a career year, Bale was fantastic for club and country, but Ronaldo’s performances in Champions League and Euro 2016 meant he was always going to be the winner.
The Real Madrid forward beat team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in the voting.
When asked what his biggest dream as a kid was, Ronaldo replied: “It was to be a football player and have success in football. Dreams come true.”
Ronaldo, 31, scored the winning penalty for Real in the Champions League final against Atletico and captained Portugal to Euro 2016 glory in July.