CRISTIANO RONALDO HONOURED WITH SERIE A PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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Cristiano Ronaldo was absent yesterday at the Ballon d'Or gala Night to attend to Italian recognition award in Italy

Cristiano Ronaldo was absent yesterday at the Ballon d’Or gala Night to attend to Italian recognition award in Italy

He was announced the winner of the Serie A player of the year award and was named in the Italian top flight’s best XI.

Ronaldo in Italy

Ronaldo was at the Gran Gala del Calcio in Milan on Monday to receive his award, instead of attending the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris where he was third in the voting for best player in the world behind winner Lionel Messi and second-place Virgil van Dijk.

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The Juventus forward turned up about an hour before the main award was announced, arriving more than two hours after the other guests.

For the first time at the Italian ceremony there were also awards for female players. Roma and Italy forward Manuela Giugliano won the top prize.

All the awards are voted for by a mix of footballers, coaches, referees and journalists.

Ronaldo signed for Juventus from Real Madrid in July 2018 and helped the Bianconeri to their eighth successive Serie A title in his first season at the Italian club.

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The 34-year-old Ronaldo scored 28 goals in all competitions for Juventus, including 21 in the league.

Gian Piero Gasperini won the award for best coach after leading Atalanta to third place and a Champions League berth. Gasperini beat former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Bologna’s Sinisa Mihajlovic.

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