Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best European Sportsperson of 2017, as voted by a cast of international news outlets.
Los Blancos’ official website confirmed Ronaldo won the award for a second year in a row, ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The Portugal captain was pivotal once more as Real won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League last term.
The prize has been running since 1958 and is awarded by the Polish PAP agency. On this occasion, Ronaldo received 159 points, beating Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton (143) and tennis players Roger Federer (124) and Rafa Nadal (113).
EUROPEAN SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR 2017 TOP 10
- Cristiano Ronaldo, football (Portugal) – 159pts
- Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1 (GB) – 143pts
- Roger Federer, tennis (Switzerland) – 124pts
- Rafael Nadal, tennis (Spain) – 113pts
- Sarah Sjoestroem, swimming (Sweden) – 75pts
- Marcel Hirscher, alpine skiing (Austria) – 68pts
- Laura Dahlmeier, biathlon (Germany) – 51pts
- Mohamed Farah, athletics (GB) – 51pts
- Chris Froome, road cycling (GB) – 50pts
- Ekaterini Stefanidi, athletics (Greece) – 41pts.
However, Ronaldo might struggle to win the award next year, with Real languishing 14 points behind Barcelona in the current race for the La Liga title.