Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten archrival, Lionel Messi, Roberto Lewandowski and eight others to win the 2020 Golden Foot Award. With this win, he is the 18th winner of the trophy introduced in 2003.

The 35-year-old Portuguese forward got the highest votes from fans to win the award reserved exclusively for outstanding players in Europe who are above 28 years.

“Fans and supporters from all over the world have chosen the best footballer of 2020, awarding the 18th Golden Foot Award to Cristiano Ronaldo,” the organisers said in a statement on its website, confirming the Juventus striker as the winner of the 17-year-old award.

“The star of Juventus and the Portuguese national team received the highest number of votes among the 10 contenders selected this year.”

Ronaldo was nominated alongside Messi, Lewandowski, Neymar, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Sergio Aguero, Giorgio Chiellini and Arturo Vidal.

He had scored 37 goals and six assists in 46 matches during the 2019/2020 campaign, a fine form that saw him shortlisted for the 2020 FIFA Awards.

Andrea Agneli, the president of the Turin side,  was awarded the first Golden Foot Prestige prize.

“He is thus one of the most successful presidents in the history of
international football,” the organisers added.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award organizers explained that development has, “prevented the running of the 2020 awards ceremony and its traditional gala evening which usually takes place in the heart of the Principality of Monaco. We will therefore send you a press release to announce the details of the awards for this edition.”