At the Gran Gala del Calcio on Friday, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named Serie A Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
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At the Gran Gala del Calcio on Friday, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named Serie A Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season.

Ronaldo won the award after helping the Italian giants win their ninth consecutive Serie A title last season. The Italian Footballers’ Association, therefore, named him Serie A’s player of the year.

“It was a strange year, a year that no one would have wanted, but on a personal and team level, it was positive, because we won the championship,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.

“At the beginning, it was difficult to play in empty stadiums, but our goal was to win the championship and we did it. We missed the Champions League but that’s how football is.”

The sensational strike by the Portuguese striker against Sampdoria in December 2019 was also named Goal of the Season.

“It was my best goal, I’m very sure of it,” Ronaldo added. “I want to thank my teammates because without them it wouldn’t have been possible to receive this prize.

“Thanks to the players who voted for me, I feel very lucky. I think trust, endurance and passion are the secrets to continuing to enjoy football.

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“I feel motivated and this must be the case, as otherwise, it’s not possible to play at this level when you are 35, 36, 37 or 40.”

Gian Piero Gasperini of Atalanta was named Coach of the Year.

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