The UEFA Men’s Player of the year 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 of both club and national team competition. The UEFA Awards took place on Thursday in Monaco as the top honors were given out of the most stellar performers for the last season, and we can pretty much just name it the Real Madrid awards. Luka Modric edged out Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to win player of the year, while Ronaldo beat out Lionel Messi to win top fordward.
Real Madrid took home every award on the right on the Men’s side. Los Blancos took home the honors for best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward, in addition to Modric’s player of the year prize. For strikers, Ronaldo, now with Juventus, scored 15 goals in the Champion League last season, guiding the club to its third straight UCL title.
Real Goalkeeper, Keylor Navas won the award for the best shot-stopper in the continent, and Sergio Ramos took home top defender while Modric won midfielder honors. The awards ceremony was further proof of Real Madrid’s dominant run in the European circuit. With back-to-back titles, they are the kings of this competition and continue to dominate. Even the president’s award went to a former Real Madrid man, David Beckham.
Cristiano, Modric and Salah were the three finalists selected by a group made up of 80 coaches from clubs which participated in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season (32), the UEFA Europa League (48) alongside 55 journalist chosen by the European Sports Group (ESM) which represent each member of the UEFA’s associations.
The Portuguese player, now at Juventus, decided not to attend the event and was the only person who failed to collect in person. However, maybe the reason behind his absence was the fact he wasn’t expected to win the most important award of the evening: the ‘Player of the year’. Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta said Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win UEFA’s Player of the year honour on Thursday and defended the player’s decision not to travel to Monaco for the ceremony. Marotta said “it was a personal decision that he took today, and we want to respect it”.