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European Press Agencies vote Cristiano Ronaldo as Best European Sportsman of 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted as the best European Sportsman of 2017 by Europe's leading press agencies. (Photo: Getty Images)
by Jerzy Jakobsche, Polish Press Agency

WARSAW, December 27, 2017 - The winner of this year’s edition of the Polish Press Agency poll for the ten best European sportsmen and sportswomen in 2017 year is Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo followed by Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain and Australian Open and Wimbledon tennis champion Roger Federer (Switzerland). This is the second year in a row that Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of the prestigious agency vote.

The 60th edition of the poll was organized the most prestigious European Press Agencies.

A total of 26 agencies took part in the poll: AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE (France), AGERPRES (Romania), AMNA (Greece), APA (Austria), ATA (Albania), BELGA (Belgium), BELTA (Belarus), BTA (Bulgaria), CTK (Czech Republic), DPA (Germany), ELTA (Lithuania), FENA (Bosnia & Herzegovina), HINA (Croatia), LETA (Latvia), LUSA (Portugal), MALTA SPORTS MEDIA (Malta), MINA (Montenegro), MOLDPRES (Moldova), MTI (Hungary), STA (Slovenia), STT (Finland), TANJUG (Serbia), TASR (Slovakia), TASS (Russia), UKRINFORM (Ukraine) and PAP (Poland) took part in the poll.

The top twenty athletes according to Polish Press Agency:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - football 159 pts.

2. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) - Formula 1 143

3. Roger Federer (Switzerland) - tennis 124

4. Rafael Nadal (Spain) - tennis 113

5. Sarah Sjoestroem (Sweden) – swimming 75

6. Marcel Hirscher (Austria) - alpine skiing 68

7. Laura Dahlmeier (Germany) - biathlon 51

Mohamed Farah (Great Britain) - athletics 51

9. Chris Froome (W.Britain) - road cycling 50

10. Ekaterini Stefanidi (Greece) - athletics 41

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11. Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) - swimming 34

12. Goran Dragic (Slovenia) - basketball 32

13. Simona Halep (Romania) - tennis 31

14. Martin Fourcade (France) - biathlon 29

Maria Lasickiene (Russia) - athletics 29

16. Stefan Kraft (Austria) - nordic skiing 27

17. Teddy Riner (France) – judo 26

18. Marit Bjoergen (Norway) - nordic skiing 23

19. Peter Sagan (Slovakia) - road cycling 22

20. Anthony Yoshua (W.Britain) - boxing 19

Johannes Vetter (Germany) - athletics 19

Previous winners:

1958 Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak (Poland)

1959 Wassiliy Kuzniecov (USSR)

1960 Yuriy Vlasov (USSR)

1961 Valery Brumel (USSR)

1962 Valery Brumel

1963 Valery Brumel

1964 Lidia Skoblikova (USSR)

1965 Michael Jazy (France)

1966 Irena Szewińska (Poland)

1967 Jean-Claude Killy (France)

1968 Jean-Claude Killy

1969 Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1970 Eddy Merckx

1971 Juhani Vaatainen (Finland)

1972 Lasse Viren (Finland)

1973 Kornelia Ender (GDR)

1974 Irena Szewińska (Poland)

1975 Kornelia Ender

1976 Nadia Comaneci (Romania)

1977 Rosemarie Ackermann (GDR)

1978 Vladimir Jashchenko (USSR)

1979 Sebastian Coe (Great Britain)

1980 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR)

1981 Sebastian Coe

1982 Daley Thompson (Great Britain)

1983 Jarmila Kratochvilova (Czechoslovakia)

1984 Michael Gross (BRD)

1985 Siergiey Bubka (USSR)

1986 Heike Drechsler (GDR)

1987 Stephen Roche (Ireland)

1988 Steffi Graf (BRD)

1989 Steffi Graf

1990 Stefan Edberg (Sweden)

1991 Katrin Krabbe (Germany)

1992 Nigel Mansell (Great Britain)

1993 Linford Christie (Great Britain)

1994 Johan Olav Koss (Norway)

1995 Jonathan Edwards (Great Britain)

1996 Svetlana Mastierkova (Russia)

1997 Martina Hingis (Switzerland)

1998 Mika Haekkinen (Finland)

1999 Gabriela Szabo (Romania)

2000 Inge de Bruijn (Netherland)

2001 Michael Schumacher (Germany)

2002 Michael Schumacher

2003 Michael Schumacher

2004 Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2005 Roger Federer and Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia)

2006 Roger Federer

2007 Roger Federer

2008 Rafael Nadal (Spain)

2009 Roger Federer

2010 Rafael Nadal

2011 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

2012 Sebastian Vettel (Germany)

2013 Sebastian Vettel

2014 Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain)

2015 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

2016 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

2017 Cristiano Ronaldo

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