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UEFA Best 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.Cristiano Ronaldo beat out fellow finalists Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben to win 2014 award and becoming the only player who had made the final three in each of the four years that the competition was held.[8][9][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


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


      Winner       Shortlisted


Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Lionel Messi 39 Barcelona
2 Xavi Hernández 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
9 Gerard Piqué 4 Barcelona
10 Manuel Neuer 3 Schalke 04


Rank Player First round 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 Hernández 57 Barcelona
6 Iker Casillas 53 Real Madrid
7 Didier Drogba 31 Chelsea
8 Petr Čech 14 Chelsea
9 Radamel Falcao 14 Atlético Madrid
10 Mesut Özil 10 Real Madrid


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
9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 14 Paris SG
10 Robin Van Persie 10 Manchester United


Rank Player First round[13] 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

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "UEFA Best Player in Europe Award launched".  
  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. ^ "Uefa 2014 voting". UEFA. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Matar, Daniella (29 August 2013). "Ribery wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award". Miami Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Franck Ribéry wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award 2012/13". 29 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  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. 

External links

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