Cristiano Ronaldo crowned 'Player of the Year' Series A

MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo was named on Italian League 's player of the year the Monday following his debut season in Juventus .

Ronaldo was at the Grand Gala of Calcio in Milan to collect his prize, instead of attending the Golden Ball ceremony in Paris, where he took third place in the vote of the best player in the world.

The Juventus forward turned up about an hour before the main award was announced, arriving more than two hours after the other guests, and waited outside in the car until the moment came for him to go on stage to pick up the prize for his place in the team of the season.

It 's an honor to hold this award, Ronaldo said in Italian. I thank my Juventus teammates.

I'm very happy to play in Italy, it's a very difficult league. Thanks to everyone for having voted for me. I want to do as well this year, too.

For the first time in the Italian ceremony, there were also prizes for players. The front of Rome and Italy, Manuela Giugliano, won the first prize.

All prizes are voted by a combination of soccer players, coaches, referees and journalists.

Ronaldo signed for Juventus from Real Madrid in July 2018 and helped the Bianconeri to their eighth successive A series Title.

The 34-year-old Ronaldo scored 28 goals in all competitions for Juventus, including 21 in the league.

Gian Piero Gasperini won the best coach award after taking Atalanta to third place and a place in the Champions League.

Atalanta was the team of the season, ahead of Juventus and Italian Cup winner Lazio.

I share this award with the whole club, all the players, all Bergamo because we did something really amazing, all together, said Gasperini.

We did incredibly last season, it was unthinkable, including the Italian Cup final. It's because of that that we're getting all these awards.

Gasperini beat former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Bologna's Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Brescia 's Sandro Tonali won the award for the best Serie B player after the 19-year-old forward helped his side to win the second-division title last season.

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