Buffoon, Modric make list as Ronaldo named UEFA Player of the Year 


Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the UEFA Player of the Year after Real Madrid win the Champions League for a second successive time last season.

The Blancos forward was awarded the prize ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

Ronaldo’s outstanding performances helped Los Blancos to become the first club to retain the Champions League trophy.

Elsewhere, Buffon was named the goalkeeper of the season, Sergio Ramos the top defender, and Luka Modric the best midfielder, while Ronaldo was also named UEFA forward of the year, beating Paulo Dybala and, again, Messi for the award.

Women’s Player of the Year went to Lieke Martens of Barcelona, who topped Pernille Harder of Wolfsburg and Dzsenifer Marozsán of Lyon.

The shortlist was selected using votes collected from the 80 coaches of teams in the group stage of either the Champions League or Europa League and 55 journalists put forward by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.