Cristiano Ronaldo apologises to Antoine Griezmann for beating him

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the best football player in Europe after winning the creatively named UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for the second time in his career.

The award, which plays second fiddle to the much more sought-after Ballon d'Or, was handed out during the draw for the upcoming Champions League group stages on Thursday.

It was decided by a vote from Europe's most established football writers (I am not one of them, apparently), who had to choose between Ronaldo's Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale, Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and, of course, the main man himself.

After scoring 16 goals en route to winning the Champions League and then inspiring Portugal to a Euro 2016 triumph, the 31-year-old was always going to be the favourite, much to the disappointment of Griezmann.

Indeed, the diminutive French striker will be hating the sight of the musclebound man from Madeira after the last three months.

Thorn in his side

Since May, Ronaldo has beaten him in two finals – the Champions League, which Real Madrid won on penalties, and Euro 2016, which Portugal won in extra time. The only thing Griezmann did win was Euro 2016's best player award and the golden boot in the same contest, both of which he would gladly swap for the trophy itself.

Having now beaten him to another accolade, Ronaldo felt the need to apologise to Griezmann whilst on stage. Although meant sincerely, his sympathy was met with an awkward laughter from the audience and an equally awkward smile from Griezmann. 

It is, however, worth noting that Griezmann doesn't actually speak English so may have been adopting the classic 'smile and nod' tactic.

Take a look at the footage below:

After this uncomfortable exchange, Ronaldo did deliver a rather touching and humble acceptance speech, which you can see in full below.

Full results

UEFA have since published the full results of the vote, which, as you can see, Ronaldo absolutely dominated. Griezmann can always claim to have come second but the gap between first and second could hardly be bigger.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/POR) 40
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid/FRA) 8
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/WAL) 7

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