Cristiano Ronaldo wins Most Valuable Player award after leading Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo have already won similar awards in England and Spain.

Ronaldo wins Serie A Player of the Year in the first season in Italy.

Juventus star striker Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Serie A Most Valuable Player award in his first season with the Turin club. This is a remarkable feat for the Portuguese international as he has won the award in his very first season in Italy.

With this win, Ronaldo has now won the domestic player of the year award in England, Spain, and Italy. Ronaldo has been awarded five Ballons d’Or, which sees him tied with Lionel Messi for the most in history. Ronaldo has also won the league championships in these countries.

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Cristiano Ronaldo starred in Juventus’ title-winning season. Reuters/Massimo Pinca

The other award-winners include Inter’s Samir Handanovic, who wins Goalkeeper of the Year.

Kalidou Koulibaly scoops the Defender of the Year gong, and the Napoli man is joined by Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria and Nicolo Zaniola, who plays for Roma. The final three players are awarded midfielder, striker and young talent of the year respectively.

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Ronaldo has now won domestic player of the year in England, Spain, and Italy, an unprecedented feat, to go alongside the league championships in each country, also an achievement unique to the Portugal international.

Ronaldo has also been awarded five Ballons d’Or, which sees him tied with Lionel Messi for the most in history.

The 34-year-old joined the Bianconeri in the summer of 2018 in a deal reported to be worth €100m (£88m/$112m) from Real Madrid. He left the Santiago Bernabeu as the club’s all-time top goalscorer, and after having won three consecutive Champions League titles.

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He also won Europe’s premier club competition as a member of Manchester United in 2008.

Ronaldo has been exceptional for Juventus after scored 21 goals for the team this season. Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was given the Goalkeeper of the year award. Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly won the Defender of the year award.

Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria and Nicolo Zaniola of Roma won the Midfielder of the year, Striker of the year and Young Talent of the year respectively.

Serie A individual awards in full:

Most Valuable Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Best Goalkeeper: Samir Handanovic (Inter)

Best Defender: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

Best Midfielder: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)

Best Forward: Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria)

Best Young Player: Nicolo Zaniolo (AS Roma)

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