Griezmann deserved Best Player in Europe award more than me: Ronaldo

Describing Real Madrid as "the best club in the world", the Portugal worldwide revealed that his plan is to extend his contract and carry on at the Santiago Bernabeu till the age of 41.

Griezmann faces stiff competition for the award, though, with Ronaldo the current favourite having helped Real Madrid and Portugal claim Champions League and Euro 2016 glory respectively.

Ronaldo went on to clinch a first major global title with Portugal at Euro 2016 and the 31-year-old's success with club and country makes him the favourite to take home the Best Player in Europe award on Thursday.

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Bale won the trophy with Real Madrid last season when they saw off Atletico Madrid in Milan, to land the 26-year-old his second European title.

Of course not everything has been peachy for Cristiano as he suffered a knee injury during the Euro Cup final against France.

"It's a great honor", Ronaldo said, per UEFA.com.

Ronaldo went on to clinch a first major global title with Portugal at Euro 2016. He scored key goals when they were needed, none more important than the thundering header against Bale and Wales to win the semifinal for Portugal.

"In terms of trophies, it was possibly the best year of my career", added the Portuguese.

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"Unfortunately, we didn't win a trophy and it was a blow for us, as well as for our fans".

In the end, Ronaldo beat his teammate, Gareth Bale as well as Atletico Madrid man, Antoine Griezmann by large margins.

"I'm delighted he was selected in the Team of the Tournament at the Euros - in my opinion Pepe was the best player at the Euros".

'I've always wanted to win something with Portugal and now I've managed it'.

Past winners include, Lionel Messi (2011, 2015), Andres Iniesta (2012), Frank Ribery (2013), and Cristiano Ronaldo (2014).

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