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Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Ronaldo wins UEFA Best

Player in Europe award

MONACO (AP):

Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid.

Ronaldo, a favourite for a fourth world player of the year award, beat club teammate Gareth Bale of Wales and Atletico Madrid's France star Antoine Griezmann.

The vote, by journalists from UEFA's 55-member countries, was announced at the Champions League draw yesterday.

Ronaldo also received the award in 2014. Lionel Messi (twice), Andres Iniesta and Franck Ribery previously won the award, which was first presented in 2011.

UEFA created the prize after the original European Footballer of the Year honour, known as the Ballon d'Or, merged with FIFA's world player award.

Barcelona sign goalkeeper Cillessen

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Barcelona have signed Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, clearing the way for Claudio Bravo to complete his move to Manchester City.

Barcelona announced the transfers of both goalkeepers yesterday, signing Cillessen before finalising the sale of Bravo.

The Spanish champions says Cillessen agreed to a five-year contract after securing his transfer from Dutch club Ajax for US$14.6 million plus a possible US$2.25 million in variables.

Barcelona say they will receive US$20.3 million for Bravo, plus a possible US$2.25 million in variables, from City.

The 33-year-old Bravo helped Barcelona win the Spanish league in his two seasons at the club.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been Barcelona's 'keeper in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. It is expected he will now be their first-choice player in La Liga.

Dilshan retiring from ODIs

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):

Sri Lanka allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan will retire from one-day international cricket on Sunday, after the third match of the current series against Australia.

Sri Lanka Cricket announced the decision yesterday.

Cricket website espncricinfo.com says the 39-year-old Dilshan will retire from international cricket altogether after the second Twenty20 against Australia in Colombo on September 9.

However, Sri Lanka Cricket's chief executive officer Ashley de Silva said that Dilshan only informed them of retiring from one-day internationals.

Dilshan, who has already retired from tests, made his ODI debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. He went on to play 329 games, scoring 10,248 runs at an average of 39.26, with 22 centuries and 47 fifties. The off-spinner also has 106 ODI wickets.

Dilshan has also played in 78 Twenty20 internationals, scoring 1,884 runs.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said Sunday's ODI in Dambulla will be dedicated to Dilshan.