For the first time in many years, Cristiano Ronaldo has finished outside the top 5 in the UEFA Forward of the year award. The Juventus forward finished eight on the most recent list of the best forwards as ranked by Europe’s governing football body.
Yesterday, October 2, UEFA released a list of 10 best forwards of the past season with Cristiano Ronaldo ranking eighth on the list.
His arch-rival Lionel Messi, who also had a great season individually but not so much collectively, ranked at number 5. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, who helped his German side to a historic treble and was the top scorer in all three of those competitions, became the award winner.
Top 10 UEFA Forward Of the Year Ranking
|1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)||361 points|
|2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)||72 points|
|3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)||62 points|
|4. Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)||46 points|
|5. Erling Haaland (RB Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund)||33 points|
|6. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)||33 points|
|7. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)||29 points|
|8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)||18 points|
|9. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)||9 points|
|10. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)||8 points|
On the other hand, Ronaldo suffered a similar disappointment in UEFA’s Best Men’s Player of the Year award as well, where he finished 10th on the rankings.
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