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Ronaldo's 'dream' is to stay at Real

Press Association logoPress Association 14/10/2016

Cristiano Ronaldo described receiving his latest individual award as a "privilege" before saying he would like to spend many more years at Real Madrid.

The 31-year-old Portugal striker, who helped his side defeat city rivals Atletico in last season's UEFA Champions League final, was voted the Marca and La Gazzetta dello Sport readers' number one player in Europe's elite club competition on Thursday night (Friday AEDT).

Two-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo scored a total of 16 goals in last year's Champions League games before firing the winning penalty in the 5-3 shoot-out victory after the final at Milan's San Siro stadium finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Ronaldo, who also went on to win this summer's European Championship with Portugal, told his club's official website: "It's a privilege to win this award.

"It just makes me want to keep working hard for this club. It's my dream to keep playing for Real Madrid and I really want to stay here for many years because the club holds a special place in my heart.

"Thank you to all the readers who voted, and especially to Real Madrid, to my teammates and the fans, who helped us on our way to winning the Champions League.

"It's a victory for the team because I'd never be lifting this award if I hadn't won anything with Real Madrid. I've won the Champions League and the Euros - it's a beautiful moment in my career and my sporting life."

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