Aimed at reviving the spirit of the old European Footballer of the Year award, UEFA, in partnership with European Sports Media (ESM), launched the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
This election will recognise the best player irrespective of his nationality, playing for a football club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the previous season. For the inaugural award, players will be judged by their performances in all competitions, both domestic and international, and at club and national team levels.
The jury is composed of the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists selected by the ESM group from each of UEFA’s member associations. The final result is based on the total number of points from the votes cast by the coaches and journalists.
The handing-over ceremony takes place around the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, end of august.
  • 2022 - Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
    • Best coach - Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)
  • 2021 - Jorginho (Chelsea)
    • Best coach Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
    • Best goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
    • Best defender Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
    • Best midfielder N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
    • Best forward Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
    • UEFA President’s award Danish medical team and Simon Kjaer
  • 2020 – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München)
    • Best coach Hansi Flick (Bayern München)
    • Best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (Bayern München)
    • Best defender Joshua Kimmich (Bayern München)
    • Best midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
    • Best forward Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München)
    • UEFA President’s award Didier Progba
  • 2019 – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
    • Best goalkeeper Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
    • Best defender Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
    • Best midfielder Frenkie de Jong (Ajax)
    • Best forward Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 2018 - Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
    • Best goalkeeper Keylor Navras (Real Madrid)
    • Best defender Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
    • Best midfielder Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
    • Best forward Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2017 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2016 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2015 - Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2013 - Franck Ribéry (Bayern München)
  • 2012 - Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
  • 2011 - Lionel Messi (Barcelona)