Cristiano Ronaldo Shakes Hands With Rival Lionel Messi After Winning UEFA Best Player Award

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Cristiano Ronaldo shook hands with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.. The Portuguese was honoured with UEFA’s Best Player in Europe accolade during the Champions League draw in Monaco. The 32-year-old beat Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to the award, and his long-time rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Over the years the Real Madrid and Barca duo have battled it out fiercely, and have pretty much taken it in turns winning the Ballon d’Or since 2008.

Photographers documented the star taking to the stage to collect his award after his name was called and their lenses followed him as he made his way back to his seat, where he greeted Buffon and Messi.

The duo were – at least on the outside – keen to congratulate their fellow professional on his achievement, and of course, shook hands.

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