Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the La Liga best player award for the 2013-14 season amongst a hat-trick of laurels he won at the Spanish top flight’s annual gala.
The Portuguese superstar also won prizes for the league’s best striker and best goal, for his back-heel against Valencia.
It is the first time the 29-year-old has beaten Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to the La Liga top prize. Messi has won all five previous La Liga best player award since its inauguration in the 2008-09 season.
Both Ronaldo and Argentina forward Messi are in contention for the 2014 Ballon d’Or- the award for the world’s best player.
Ronaldo scored 31 goals to top the Spanish Primera Division’s top scorers’ chart last season, but couldn’t fire the ‘Los Blancos’ to a 33rd league triumph, with city rivals Atletico winning the title for the first time in 18 years.
However, Real players dominated the LFP gala, with Sergio Ramos being named best defender and Luka Modric winning the prize for best defensive midfielder.