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Football: Ronaldo named European Player of the Year

Published on Aug 29, 2014 1:51 AM
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates holding his UEFA European Player of the Year trophy, on August 28, 2014 in Monaco, after the draw for the 2014/2015 European Champions League group stages. --PHOTO: AFP 

MONACO (AFP) - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was on Thursday named European Footballer of the Year, the Portuguese striker topping the journalists' poll ahead of Germany's World Cup winner Manuel Neuer and Dutchman Arjen Robben.

Ronaldo is the fourth recipient of the award, succeeding Franck Ribery, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

France's Ribery won the award last time around ahead of Messi and Ronaldo.

This time Ronaldo prevailed in a vote by 54 European journalists which took place on the sidelines of the draw for the Champions League group stages in Monaco.

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