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UEFA Men's Player of the Year
Sponsored byESM[1]
Presented byUEFA
Formerly calledUEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1998–2010)
UEFA Best Player in Europe (2011–16)
First awarded2011
Current holderPoland Robert Lewandowski (1st award)[2]
Most awardsPortugal Cristiano Ronaldo (3 awards)
Websiteuefa.com

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 men's 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 in partnership with European Sports Media (ESM) group, was initially aimed at reviving the European Footballer of the Year Award (Ballon d'Or),[3][4] which was merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year Award in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or.[5] It also replaced the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award.[6]

Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to win the award three times as well as twice in a row.[7][8] Since its inception, the award has been won by Lionel Messi (2011, 2015),[9] Andrés Iniesta (2012),[10] Franck Ribéry (2013),[11] Cristiano Ronaldo (2014, 2016, 2017), Luka Modrić (2018),[12] Virgil van Dijk (2019)[13] and Robert Lewandowski (2020).[14] Female players are awarded the UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award, introduced in 2013.[15]

Criteria[edit]

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."[3] Players are judged by their performances in all competitions, domestic and international, and at club and national team levels throughout the season.[3]

Voting[edit]

At the beginning, the award's voting format was a return to the old Ballon d'Or, which was decided purely by journalists.[4]

In the first round of voting, 53 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.[3] 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. The final vote, also by the journalists, then took place live via electronic voting during the presentation ceremony.[3]

In 2017, 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.[16]

Award history[edit]

Winners[edit]

Season Player Club
UEFA Best Player in Europe Award
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
2014–15 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2015–16 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2016–17 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2017–18 Croatia Luka Modrić Spain Real Madrid
2018–19 Netherlands Virgil van Dijk England Liverpool
2019–20 Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bayern Munich

Finalists[edit]

  Winner   Shortlisted

2010–11[edit]

Rank Player First round[6] Final round Club
1 Argentina Lionel Messi 39 Spain Barcelona
2 Spain Xavi 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
Spain Gerard Piqué Spain Barcelona
10 Germany Manuel Neuer 3 Germany Schalke 04

2011–12[edit]

Rank Player First round[17] Final round Club
1 Spain Andrés Iniesta 19 Spain Barcelona
2 Argentina Lionel Messi 17 Spain Barcelona
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
4 Italy Andrea Pirlo 90 Italy Juventus
5 Spain Xavi 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
Colombia Radamel Falcao Spain Atlético Madrid
10 Germany Mesut Özil 10 Spain Real Madrid

2012–13[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Club
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 Hotspur
9 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 14 France Paris Saint-Germain
10 Netherlands Robin van Persie 10 England Manchester United

2013–14[edit]

Rank Player First round[18] Final round Club
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 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

2014–15[edit]

Rank Player First round[19] Final round[9] Club
1 Argentina Lionel Messi 49 Spain Barcelona
2 Uruguay Luis Suárez 3 Spain Barcelona
3 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 2 Spain Real Madrid
4 Italy Gianluigi Buffon 24 Italy Juventus
5 Brazil Neymar 23 Spain Barcelona
6 Belgium Eden Hazard 21 England Chelsea
7 Italy Andrea Pirlo 12 Italy Juventus
8 Chile Arturo Vidal 11 Italy Juventus
9 Argentina Carlos Tevez 8 Italy Juventus
10 France Paul Pogba 5 Italy Juventus

2015–16[edit]

Rank Player First round[20] Final round[7] Club
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 40 Spain Real Madrid
2 France Antoine Griezmann 8 Spain Atlético Madrid
3 Wales Gareth Bale 7 Spain Real Madrid
4 Uruguay Luis Suárez 29 Spain Barcelona
5 Argentina Lionel Messi 25 Spain Barcelona
6 Italy Gianluigi Buffon 19 Italy Juventus
7 Portugal Pepe 9 Spain Real Madrid
8 Germany Manuel Neuer 6 Germany Bayern Munich
9 Germany Toni Kroos 5 Spain Real Madrid
10 Germany Thomas Müller 2 Germany Bayern Munich

2016–17[edit]

Rank Player First round[21] Final round[8] Club
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 482 Spain Real Madrid
2 Argentina Lionel Messi 141 Spain Barcelona
3 Italy Gianluigi Buffon 109 Italy Juventus
4 Croatia Luka Modrić Spain Real Madrid
5 Germany Toni Kroos Spain Real Madrid
6 Argentina Paulo Dybala Italy Juventus
7 Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid
8 France Kylian Mbappé France Monaco
9 Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bayern Munich
10 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović England Manchester United

2017–18[edit]

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

2018–19[edit]

Rank Player Points[13] Club
1 Netherlands Virgil van Dijk 305 England Liverpool
2 Argentina Lionel Messi 207 Spain Barcelona
3 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 74 Italy Juventus
4 Brazil Alisson 57 England Liverpool
5 Senegal Sadio Mané 51 England Liverpool
6 Egypt Mohamed Salah 49 England Liverpool
7 Belgium Eden Hazard 38 England Chelsea
8 Netherlands Frenkie de Jong 27 Netherlands Ajax
Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt Netherlands Ajax
10 England Raheem Sterling 12 England Manchester City

2019–20[edit]

Rank Player Points[14] Club
1 Poland Robert Lewandowski 477 Germany Bayern Munich
2 Belgium Kevin De Bruyne 90 England Manchester City
3 Germany Manuel Neuer 66 Germany Bayern Munich
4 Argentina Lionel Messi 53 Spain Barcelona
Brazil Neymar France Paris Saint-Germain
6 Germany Thomas Müller 41 Germany Bayern Munich
7 France Kylian Mbappé 39 France Paris Saint-Germain
8 Spain Thiago 27 Germany Bayern Munich
9 Germany Joshua Kimmich 26 Germany Bayern Munich
10 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 25 Italy Juventus

Wins by player[edit]

Player Winner Second place Third place
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 3 2 4
Argentina Lionel Messi 2 4
Spain Andrés Iniesta 1
France Franck Ribéry 1
Croatia Luka Modrić 1
Netherlands Virgil van Dijk 1
Poland Robert Lewandowski 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Robert Lewandowski wins UEFA Men's Player of the Year award". UEFA. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
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