MONACO (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League.
The voting was by journalists from UEFA's 54 member countries at the Champions League groups draw event.
Ronaldo also ensured Portugal qualified for the World Cup by scoring a memorable hat trick in a playoff win against Sweden.
UEFA created the prize after the original European Footballer of the Year honor, known as the Ballon d'Or, merged with FIFA's world player award.
Nadine Kessler of Germany won the women's award.