Winner of the Ballon d’Or as World Player of the Year, beating Leo Messi and Manuel Neuer, who were also on the final shortlist of three. He was also named UEFA Player of the Year at the end of the 2013/14 season after scoring a record 17 goals for Real Madrid as they won the Champions League/European Cup for the tenth time. In December, he scored his 23rdhat-trick and his 200thgoal in Spain’s La Liga. With Real Madrid, he also won the Spanish Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup, although in the World Cup his team Portugal did not qualify from the group stages. He was also nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award last year.