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UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

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This article is about the men's award. For the women's award, see UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award.

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. 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]

The inaugural award was won by Lionel Messi in 2011.[5] Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrés Iniesta and Messi were shortlisted for the 2012 award, which was won by Andrés Iniesta.[6][7] Franck Ribéry beat out fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win 2013 award.[8][9] Cristiano Ronaldo won 2014 award by beating fellow finalists Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben and became the only player who had made the final three in each of the four years that the competition was held.[10]

In 2013, UEFA announced the UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award, a parallel award for women's association football players.[11]


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]


The award's voting format is 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 provide 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 are shortlisted.[1] The jury comprises 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]

Award history[edit]


Year Player Club
2010–11 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2011–12 Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona
2012–13 France Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich
2013–14 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid


      Winner       Shortlisted


Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Argentina Lionel Messi 39 Spain Barcelona
2 Spain Xavi Hernández 11 Spain Barcelona
3 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 3 Spain Real Madrid
4 Spain Andrés Iniesta 33 Spain Barcelona
5 Colombia Radamel Falcao 17 Portugal Porto
6 England Wayne Rooney 15 England Manchester United
7 Serbia Nemanja Vidić 5 England Manchester United
8 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 4 Italy Milan
9 Spain Gerard Piqué 4 Spain Barcelona
10 Germany Manuel Neuer 3 Germany Schalke 04


Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Spain Andrés Iniesta 19 Spain Barcelona
2 Argentina Lionel Messi 17 Spain Barcelona
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 17 Spain Real Madrid
4 Italy Andrea Pirlo 90 Italy Juventus
5 Spain Xavi Hernández 57 Spain Barcelona
6 Spain Iker Casillas 53 Spain Real Madrid
7 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba 31 England Chelsea
8 Czech Republic Petr Čech 14 England Chelsea
9 Colombia Radamel Falcao 14 Spain Atlético Madrid
10 Germany Mesut Özil 10 Spain Real Madrid


Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 France Franck Ribéry 36 Germany Bayern Munich
2 Argentina Lionel Messi 14 Spain Barcelona
3 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 3 Spain Real Madrid
4 Netherlands Arjen Robben 57 Germany Bayern Munich
5 Poland Robert Lewandowski 39 Germany Borussia Dortmund
6 Germany Thomas Müller 38 Germany Bayern Munich
7 Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger 32 Germany Bayern Munich
8 Wales Gareth Bale 24 England Tottenham
9 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic 14 France Paris SG
10 Netherlands Robin Van Persie 10 England Manchester United


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "UEFA Best Player in Europe Award launched". UEFA. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Landolina, Salvatore (18 July 2011). "Uefa Launches Best Player In Europe Award". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "UEFA announces new award". ESPNSoccernet. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "UEFA announces Shortlist for UEFA Best Player in Europe". UEFA. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Messi wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award". UEFA. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Iniesta, Messi, Ronaldo up for Best Player Award". UEFA. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Iniesta wins Best Player in Europe Award". UEFA. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Matar, Daniella (29 August 2013). "Ribery wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award". Miami Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Franck Ribéry wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award 2012/13". 29 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Uefa 2014 voting". UEFA. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  11. ^ UEFA Media Services (22 August 2013). "UEFA launches Best Women’s Player in Europe Award". UEFA. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "The voting panel". 14 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "NEUER UND ROBBEN UNTER DEN TOP 3 EUROPAS". 14 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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