Ronaldo wins AIPS European Athlete of the Year award

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.