For the eighth time, Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as Portugal’s player of the year 2016.  He received the honour after leading his country to their first major title at the European Championship last summer and converting the winning penalty that saw Real Madrid clinch their 11th Champions League triumph last May.

He beat off competition from club teammate Pepe and Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Receiving the prize at the Quinas de Ouro gala on Monday, the 32-year-old forward said,  “It was a very special year for me because the Euros was the only trophy I was still missing, I want to thank the Portuguese people again, they gave us confidence on our way to the title.”