Cristiano Ronaldo could have missed out on a world gong this 12 months however the Juventus star has received the Italian league’s participant of the 12 months award.

Ronaldo was on the Gran Gala del Calcio in Milan on Monday to gather his prize, as an alternative of attending the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris the place he was third in voting for finest participant on the earth.

The Juventus ahead turned up about an hour earlier than the primary award was introduced, arriving greater than two hours after the opposite company.

The awards had been voted for by a mixture of footballers, coaches, referees and journalists.

Ronaldo signed for Juventus from Actual Madrid in July 2018 and helped the Bianconeri to their eighth successive Serie A title in his first season on the Italian membership.

The 34-year-old scored 28 objectives in all competitions for Juventus, together with 21 within the league.

“It is an honour to carry this award,” Ronaldo mentioned in Italian. “I thank my Juventus teammates.

“I am very blissful to play in Italy, it is a very troublesome league. Because of everybody for having voted for me. I need to do as nicely this 12 months, too.”

Gian Piero Gasperini received the award for finest coach after main Atalanta to 3rd place and a Champions League berth.

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