Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Ronaldo Named as Europe's Best

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Ronaldo Named as Europe's Best

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CRISTIANO Ronaldo vowed to get even better after being named as the best footballer in Europe.

The Manchester United and Portugal man won the prestigious Ballon d'Or award after beating off competition from Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.

Of the 96 top journalists polled by France Football magazine, 77 voted Ronaldo as their number one player this year and every one placed him in their top five after he scored 42 goals in United's Premier League and Champions League winning season.

He polled a massive 446 points from a maximum 480, well ahead of runner-up Messi (281) and Torres (179) in third place.

He becomes the third Portuguese player to lift the famous trophy - after legendary pair Eusebio and Luis Figo - and joins fellow Red Devils George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton in taking the gong.

A total of 11 Premier League players got votes, with England internationals Steven Gerrard (ninth), Wayne Rooney (13th) and Frank Lampard (15th) flying the flag for Fabio Capello's side. …

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