Cristiano Ronaldo may have missed out on a global gong this year but the Juventus star has won the Italian league's player of the year award.
Ronaldo was at the Gran Gala del Calcio in Milan on Monday to collect his prize, instead of attending the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris where he was third in voting for best player in the world.
The Juventus forward turned up about an hour before the main award was announced, arriving more than two hours after the other guests.
The awards were voted for by a mix of footballers, coaches, referees and journalists.
Ronaldo signed for Juventus from Real Madrid in July 2018 and helped the Bianconeri to their eighth successive Serie A title in his first season at the Italian club.
The 34-year-old scored 28 goals in all competitions for Juventus, including 21 in the league.
"It's an honour to hold this award," Ronaldo said in Italian. "I thank my Juventus teammates.
"I'm very happy to play in Italy, it's a very difficult league. Thanks to everyone for having voted for me. I want to do as well this year, too."
Gian Piero Gasperini won the award for best coach after leading Atalanta to third place and a Champions League berth.
Gasperini beat former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Bologna's Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Australian Associated Press