Ronaldo wins AIPS European Athlete of the Year award

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins AIPS Athlete of the Year award

Cristiano Ronaldo has been honored as Europe’s Sportsman of the year by the Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) after a fascinating 2016 campaign.

The 34th edition of the award, held on Monday, ended with the 31-year-old Real Madrid and Portuguese forward edging the likes of English tennis icon Andy Murray and now retired Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg. A very remarkable achievement for CR7 since this AIPS prize has mostly been won by non-footballers since its commencement.

Below are some impressive facts in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest conquest — the 2016 AIPS European Athlete of the Year award:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has won the AIPS Europe Athlete of The Year for the first time in his career.
  • He is now the first outfield football player to win the award since Germany’s Lothar Matthaeus in 1990.
  • The Portuguese skipper is the fourth footballer to win the award since its inauguration in 1983. Michel Platini (France), Lothar Matthaeus (Germany) and Manuel Neuer (Germany) are the other three.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (31) is the oldest footballer to have won the AIPS Sportsman of the year.

Having already won France Football Magazine’s Ballon d’Or, CR7 is still reaping dividends from a season he describes as arguably the best in his career so far.

READ: Month by month — Ronaldo’s amazing 2016

The Portuguese ace is right on course to clinch the “The Best” at the FIFA Football awards gala in Zurich, come January 9th.

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