UEFA Club Footballer of the Year

The UEFA Club Footballer of the Year was a football award presented by UEFA to the most outstanding performers of every European club football season. The award, along with "Best Goalkeeper," "Best Defender," "Best Midfielder," and "Best Forward," was given at the end of each season at a special gala in Monaco prior to the UEFA Super Cup. The honour had been bestowed upon first-class European football stars since the 1997–98 season, when it was awarded to Ronaldo, then of Internazionale. Since the 2010–11 season, it has been replaced by the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
Presented byUEFA
First awarded1998
Last awarded2010
Most awards13 players
(1 award each)
RelatedUEFA Men's Player of the Year Award



Below is a list of all the recipients of the award:

Season Country Player Playing position Club Also won
1997–98   BRA Ronaldo Forward   Internazionale Best Forward
1998–99   ENG David Beckham Midfielder   Manchester United Best Midfielder
1999–2000   ARG Fernando Redondo Midfielder   Real Madrid
2000–01   GER Stefan Effenberg Midfielder   Bayern Munich
2001–02   FRA Zinedine Zidane Midfielder   Real Madrid
2002–03   ITA Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper   Juventus Best Goalkeeper
2003–04   POR Deco Midfielder   Porto Best Midfielder
2004–05   ENG Steven Gerrard Midfielder   Liverpool
2005–06   BRA Ronaldinho Forward   Barcelona
2006–07   BRA Kaká Midfielder   Milan Best Forward
2007–08   POR Cristiano Ronaldo Forward   Manchester United Best Forward
2008–09   ARG Lionel Messi Forward   Barcelona Best Forward
2009–10   ARG Diego Milito Forward   Internazionale Best Forward

By country

Country Players
  Brazil 3
  Argentina 3
  England 2
  Portugal 2
  Germany 1
  France 1
  Italy 1

By club

Club Players
  Real Madrid 2
  Manchester United 2
  Barcelona 2
  Internazionale 2
  Bayern Munich 1
  Juventus 1
  Porto 1
  Liverpool 1
  Milan 1

See also