Cristiano Ronaldo wins European Player of the Year award

PARIS: Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the European Player of the Year award.

The 23-year-old Manchester United striker received the Ballon D''Or (European Player of the Year) award at a colourful ceremony in Paris.

Ronaldo is the first player of Manchester United to win this award in 40 years after George Beset won this award in 1968.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been given this award on the basis of his excellent performance in the seasosn. He beat Barcelona''s Lionel Messi and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to the honour on the back of a phenomenal 2007-08 season in which he scored 42 goals.