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Cristiano Roldo wins Goal 50 award

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 Nov 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Madrid, Nov 12: Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Roldo was med the worlds best footballer in Goal.coms annual survey of the best players on the planet, it was announced here on Saturday.

Roldo's impressive 12 months saw him finishing ahead of Barcelo striker Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.

Last year's Goal 50 winner Lionel Messi slipped to fourth, making it the first time in the countdown's eight-year history that the Argentinian forward hasn't appeared in the top three.

The Goal 50 list is compiled by over 500 of's jourlists from around the globe.

Roldo's place at the top of the list was cemented by a 12 month period which saw the player win both the Champions League and European Championship trophies. The former Manchester United player finished the 2015/16 season with 51 goals in all competitions, while at Euro 2016 he became the first player to score at four consecutive European Championships in France. Roldo also equalled the record for most goals scored in the competition's history, despite coming off injured during the fil.

"It's an honour to receive this recognition again," Roldo told Goal as he collected the trophy in Madrid," Roldo was quoted as saying by "It's for all my teammates at Madrid and in the tiol team. I feel very happy and very proud. Nothing is achieved without ambition, persol effort and without a team of colleagues and workers who support you day in, day out. That, day to day, is the most important thing," he added. IANS

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