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UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award

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The UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award (previously known as the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award) is an association football award given to the footballer playing for a football club in Europe that is considered the best in the previous season of both club and national team competition. The award, created in 2011 by UEFA, is aimed at reviving the European Footballer of the Year Award (Ballon d'Or),[1][2] which was merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year Award in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or.[3] It also replaced the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award.[4]

UEFA Men's Player of the Year
Presented by UEFA
Formerly called UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
First awarded 2011
Current holder Luka Modrić
Most awards Cristiano Ronaldo (3 times)
Website www.uefa.com

Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to win the award three times as well as twice in a row.[5][6] Since its inception, the award has been won by Lionel Messi (2011, 2015),[7] Andrés Iniesta (2012),[8] Franck Ribéry (2013)[9] Cristiano Ronaldo (2014, 2016, 2017), and Luka Modrić (2018).[10] Female players are awarded the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award, introduced in 2013.[11]

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CriteriaEdit

According to UEFA, the award "recognise[s] the best player, irrespective of his nationality, playing for a football club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the previous season."[1] Players are judged by their performances in all competitions, domestic and international, and at club and national team levels throughout the season.[1]

VotingEdit

At the beginning, the award's voting format was a return to the old Ballon d'Or, which was decided purely by journalists.[2]

In the first round of voting, 54 sports journalists representing each of the UEFA national associations provided a list of their three best-ranked players from one to three, with the first player receiving five points, the second three points and the third one point. The three players with the most points overall were shortlisted.[1] The jury comprised renowned sports journalists representing each of UEFA's national associations, from RTV Albania to the Daily Post in Wales via members of European Sports Media, with whom UEFA collaborated on this award.[12] The final vote, also by the journalists, then takes place live via electronic voting during the presentation ceremony.[1]

In 2018, however, UEFA added 80 coaches, from the clubs that participated in the group stages of that year's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, to its jury. The amount of journalists selected by the European Sports Media association was also increased to 55, representing each of UEFA's member associations.[13]

Award historyEdit

WinnersEdit

Year Player Club
UEFA Best Player in Europe Award
2010–11   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2011–12   Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona
2012–13   Franck Ribéry   Bayern Munich
2013–14   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2014–15   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2015–16   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2016–17   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2017–18   Luka Modrić   Real Madrid

FinalistsEdit

  Winner   Shortlisted

2010–11Edit

Rank Player First round[4] Final round Team
1   Lionel Messi 39   Barcelona
2   Xavi 11   Barcelona
3   Cristiano Ronaldo 3   Real Madrid
4   Andrés Iniesta 33   Barcelona
5   Radamel Falcao 17   Porto
6   Wayne Rooney 15   Manchester United
7   Nemanja Vidić 5   Manchester United
8   Zlatan Ibrahimović 4   Milan
  Gerard Piqué 4   Barcelona
10   Manuel Neuer 3   Schalke 04

2011–12Edit

Rank Player First round[14] Final round Team
1   Andrés Iniesta 19   Barcelona
2   Lionel Messi 17   Barcelona
  Cristiano Ronaldo 17   Real Madrid
4   Andrea Pirlo 90   Juventus
5   Xavi 57   Barcelona
6   Iker Casillas 53   Real Madrid
7   Didier Drogba 31   Chelsea
8   Petr Čech 14   Chelsea
  Radamel Falcao 14   Atlético Madrid
10   Mesut Özil 10   Real Madrid

2012–13Edit

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1   Franck Ribéry 36   Bayern Munich
2   Lionel Messi 14   Barcelona
3   Cristiano Ronaldo 3   Real Madrid
4   Arjen Robben 57   Bayern Munich
5   Robert Lewandowski 39   Borussia Dortmund
6   Thomas Müller 38   Bayern Munich
7   Bastian Schweinsteiger 32   Bayern Munich
8   Gareth Bale 24   Tottenham Hotspur
9   Zlatan Ibrahimović 14   Paris Saint-Germain
10   Robin van Persie 10   Manchester United

2013–14Edit

Rank Player First round[15] Final round Team
1   Cristiano Ronaldo 27   Real Madrid
2   Manuel Neuer 18   Bayern Munich
3   Arjen Robben 9   Bayern Munich
4   Thomas Müller 39   Bayern Munich
5   Philipp Lahm 24   Bayern Munich
  Lionel Messi 24   Barcelona
7   James Rodríguez 16   Monaco
8   Luis Suárez 13   Liverpool
9   Ángel Di María 12   Real Madrid
10   Diego Costa 8   Atlético Madrid

2014–15Edit

Rank Player First round[16] Final round[7] Team
1   Lionel Messi 49   Barcelona
2   Luis Suárez 3   Barcelona
3   Cristiano Ronaldo 2   Real Madrid
4   Gianluigi Buffon 24   Juventus
5   Neymar 23   Barcelona
6   Eden Hazard 21   Chelsea
7   Andrea Pirlo 12   Juventus
8   Arturo Vidal 11   Juventus
9   Carlos Tevez 8   Juventus
10   Paul Pogba 5   Juventus

2015–16Edit

Rank Player First round[17] Final round[5] Team
1   Cristiano Ronaldo 40   Real Madrid
2   Antoine Griezmann 8   Atlético Madrid
3   Gareth Bale 7   Real Madrid
4   Luis Suárez 29   Barcelona
5   Lionel Messi 25   Barcelona
6   Gianluigi Buffon 19   Juventus
7   Pepe 9   Real Madrid
8   Manuel Neuer 6   Bayern Munich
9   Toni Kroos 5   Real Madrid
10   Thomas Müller 2   Bayern Munich

2016–17Edit

Rank Player First round[18] Final round[6] Team
1   Cristiano Ronaldo 482   Real Madrid
2   Lionel Messi 141   Barcelona
3   Gianluigi Buffon 109   Juventus
4   Luka Modrić   Real Madrid
5   Toni Kroos   Real Madrid
6   Paulo Dybala   Juventus
7   Sergio Ramos   Real Madrid
8   Kylian Mbappé   Monaco
9   Robert Lewandowski   Bayern Munich
10   Zlatan Ibrahimović   Manchester United

2017–18Edit

Rank Player Points[10] Team
1   Luka Modrić 313   Real Madrid
2   Cristiano Ronaldo 223   Real Madrid
3   Mohamed Salah 134   Liverpool
4   Antoine Griezmann 72   Atlético Madrid
5   Lionel Messi 55   Barcelona
6   Kylian Mbappé 43   Paris Saint-Germain
7   Kevin De Bruyne 28   Manchester City
8   Raphaël Varane 23   Real Madrid
9   Eden Hazard 15   Chelsea
10   Sergio Ramos 12   Real Madrid

Most winsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "UEFA Best Player in Europe Award launched". UEFA. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Landolina, Salvatore (18 July 2011). "Uefa Launches Best Player In Europe Award". Goal.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "UEFA announces new award". ESPNSoccernet. 18 July 2011. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "UEFA announces Shortlist for UEFA Best Player in Europe". UEFA. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Cristiano Ronaldo named Best Player in Europe". UEFA. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Ronaldo named 2016/17 Men's Player of the Year". UEFA. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c "Messi named Best Player in Europe for second time". UEFA. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Iniesta wins Best Player in Europe Award". UEFA. 30 August 2012. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Franck Ribéry wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award 2012/13". UEFA. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Luka Modrić wins UEFA Men's Player of the Year award". UEFA. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018. 
  11. ^ "UEFA launches Best Women's Player in Europe Award". UEFA. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Best Player in Europe Award 2012: The voting panel". UEFA. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Modrić, Ronaldo and Salah up for Player of the Year". UEFA. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018. 
  14. ^ "Iniesta, Messi, Ronaldo up for Best Player Award". UEFA. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Neuer und Robben unter den Top 3 Europas" (in German). FC Bayern München. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Best Player in Europe: Messi, Ronaldo or Suárez". UEFA. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Best Player in Europe: Bale, Griezmann or Ronaldo". UEFA. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on Player of the Year shortlist". UEFA. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 

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