The goal, Ronaldo’s second on the night in a 3-0 Madrid win, drew a stunned reaction from the Turin crowd, whose eventual show of respect for the striker saw the Portuguese star visibly moved – a moment that no doubt played a part in Ronaldo leaving Los Blancos for Juventus in the summer.
It’s the first time Ronaldo has won the award, with rival Lionel Messi having won in 2015 and 2016 and Ronaldo’s new Juventus teammate, Mario Mandzukic, winning last year.
Ronaldo’s goal got 197,496 votes. Dimitri Payet’s goal for Marseille against RB Leipzig in the second leg of last season’s Europa League quarterfinal came in second, with 35,558 votes, followed by Eva Navarro’s strike for Spain against Germany in the women’s U17 European championship final, which earned 23,315 votes.
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