Ronaldo beats Messi

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo after winning the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award in Monaco on Thursday. It is the third time Ronaldo has lifted the award, taking him beyond Barcelona rival Lionel Messi on two. Ronaldo was also named the best forward of the last Champions League season while Buffon, of last year’s beaten finalists Juventus, had the consolation of the goalkeeper’s honour. — AFP