European Footballer of the Year

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European Legend of the Year
year Winner Nation Club notes
1901 Steve Bloomer Template:ENG Derby County British Home Championship winner & top scorer; English League top scorer
1902 Robert Hamilton Template:SCO Rangers British Home Championship winner & top scorer: Scotish League winner & top scorer
1903 Vivian Woodward Template:ENG Tottenham Hotspur British Home Championship winner & top scorer
1904 Steve Bloomer Template:ENG Derby County British Home Championship winner; English League top scorer
1905 Alex Leake Template:ENG Aston Villa British Home Championship winner; FA Cup winner
1906 Albert Shepherd Template:ENG Bolton Wanderers English League top scorer
1907 Billy Meredith Template:WAL Manchester United British Home Championship winner; one of the most prominent footballers in the British Isles of his era
1908 Vivian Woodward Template:ENG Tottenham Hotspur Olympic Champion; British Home Championship winner; English League Player of the Year
1909 Imre Schlosser Template:HUN Ferencváros Hungarian League winner; Hungarian League top scorer
1910 Harry Hampton Template:ENG Aston Villa English League winner and all-time best scorer club
1911 Sophus Nielsen Template:DEN BK Frem winner of Baneklubberne Cup; Danish League top scorer
1912 Gottfried Fuchs Template:GER Karlsruher Olympic Games Top Scorer; 10 goals in an international game; winner of Südkreis-Liga
1913 Imre Schlosser Template:HUN Ferencváros Hungarian League winner & top scorer (42 goals); winner of Hungarian cup
1914 Billy Gillespie Template:IRE Sheffield United British Home Championship winner & top scorer
1915 Bobby Parker Template:SCO Everton English League winner & top scorer
1916 Jimmy McColl Template:SCO Celtic Scottish League winner & top scorer (34 goals)
1917 Bert Yarnall Template:SCO Airdrieonians European and Scottish League top scorer (39 goals)
1918 Ricardo Zamora Template:SPA Espanyol Catalan champion; best goalkeeper of his generation
1919 Alfréd Schaffer Template:HUN MTK European & Hungarian Top Scorer (39 goals); Hungarian League winner
1920 Robert Coppée Template:BEL Union Saint-Gilloise Olympic Champion and best player in the belgian national team
1921 Lucien Gamblin Template:FRA Red Star AC winner of French Cup; the most prominent French footballer of his generation
1922 Elisha Scott Template:IRE Liverpool English League winner; the most prominent British Isles goalkeeper of his generation
1923 Charlie Buchan Template:ENG Sunderland English League top scorer (30 goals); the most prominent footballer in the British Isles of his era
1924 Sven Rydell Template:SWE Örgryte IS Olympic Games Bronze Medal; he scored 49 goals in 43 games for his country!
1925 Hughie Gallacher Template:SCO Newcastle United British Home Championship winner & top scorer; Scottish League winner
1926 Giampiero Combi Template:ITA Juventus Italian League winner; one of the most prominent goalkeepers of his era
1927 Max Abegglen Template:SWI Grasshoppers Swiss League winner; winner of Swiss Cup; the most prominent Swiss footballer of the 1920s-1930s
1928 Dixie Dean Template:ENG Everton European & English League top scorer: 60 goals!; English League winner; winner of Charity Shield
1929 Angelo Schiavio Template:ITA Bologna Italian League winner and best player
1930 Milutin Ivković Template:YOU BASK 4th place in the World Cup; one of the most prominent defenders in the World Cup
1931 Raimundo Orsi Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina Italian League winner; Best player of the champion team
1932 František Plánicka Template:CZE winner of Bohemia Cup; one of the most prominent goalkeepers in the 1930s
1933 Franz Binder Template:AUT Austrian League top scorer; in his career he would score 1.006 goals in 756 matches (unofficial data)
1934 Giuseppe Meazza Template:ITA World Champion and Best Player of the tournament
1935 Oldrich Nejedlý Template:CZE Sparta Praha winner of Mitropa Cup; best player of the champion team
1936 Matthias Sindelar Template:AUT winner of Mitropa Cup and Austrian Cup; one of the most prominent footballers in the 1930s
1937 György Sárosi Template:HUN Ferencváros winner of Mitropa Cup & top scorer
1938 Silvio Piola Template:ITA Lazio
1939 Gyula Zsengellér Template:HUN Újpesti TE
1940 Josef Bican Template:CZE Czechoslovak League winner; European and Czechoslovak League top Scorer: 50 golas!
1941 Fernando Peyroteo Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Sporting CP
1942 Ernst Wilimowski Template:POL
1943 Valentino Mazzola Template:ITA
1944 Edmundo Suárez 'Mundo' Template:SPA Valencia
1945 Faas Wilkes Template:NED
1946 Gunnar Gren Template:SWE
1947 József Bozsik Template:HUN Honvéd FC
1948 Gunnar Nordahl Template:SWE
1949 Estanislao Basora Template:SPA
1950 Telmo Zarra Template:SPA
1951 Fritz Walter Template:GER
1952 Billy Wright Template:ENG Wolverhampton FWA Footballer of the Year
1953 László Kubala Template:HUN Barcelona
1954 Sándor Kocsis Template:HUN
1955 Ferenc Puskás Template:HUN
European Footballer of the Year by France football
year Winner Nation Club notes
1956 Stanley Matthews Template:ENG FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1957 Alfredo Di Stéfano Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1958 Raymond Kopa Template:FRA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1959 Alfredo Di Stéfano Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1960 Luis Suárez Template:SPA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1961 Omar Sivori Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1962 Josef Masopust Template:CZE FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1963 Lev Yashin Template:URS FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1964 Denis Law Template:SCO FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1965 Eusébio Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1966 Bobby Charlton Template:ENG FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1967 Florián Albert Template:HUN FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1968 George Best Template:NIR FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1969 Ganni Rivera Template:ITA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1970 Gerd Müller Template:GER FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1971 Johan Cruyff Template:NED FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1972 Franz Beckenbauer Template:GER FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1973 Johan Cruyff Template:NED FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1974 Johan Cruyff Template:NED FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1975 Oleh Blokhin Template:URS FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1976 Franz Beckenbauer Template:GER FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1977 Allan Simonsen Template:DEN FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1978 Kevin Keegan Template:ENG FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1979 Kevin Keegan Template:ENG FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Template:GER FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1981 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Template:GER FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1982 Paolo Rossi Template:ITA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1983 Michel Platini Template:FRA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1984 Michel Platini Template:FRA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1985 Michel Platini Template:FRA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1986 Igor Belanov Template:URS FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1987 Ruud Gullit Template:NED FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1988 Marco van Basten Template:NED FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1989 Marco van Basten Template:NED FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1990 Lothar Matthäus Template:GER FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin Template:FRA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1992 Marco van Basten Template:NED FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1993 Roberto Baggio Template:ITA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Template:BUL FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1995 George Weah Template:LIB FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1996 Matthias Sammer Template:GER FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
1997 Ronaldo Template:BRA FranceFootball logo.jpg BDO.png Ballon d'Or - European Footballer of the Year
European Footballer of the Year by U.E.F.A.
year Winner Nation Club notes
1998 Ronaldo Template:BRA UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
1999 David Beckham Template:ENG UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2000 Fernando Redondo Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2001 Stefan Effenberg Template:GER UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2002 Zinedine Zidane Template:FRA UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2003 Gianluigi Buffon Template:ITA UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2004 Deco Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2005 Steven Gerrard Template:ENG UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2006 Ronaldinho Template:BRA UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2007 Kaká Template:BRA UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2009 Lionel Messi Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2010 Diego Milito Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina UEFA logo.png Uefa awards.png UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2011 Lionel Messi Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2012 Andrés Iniesta Template:SPA UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2013 Franck Ribéry Template:FRA UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2015 Lionel Messi Flag of Argentina.jpg Argentina UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2018 Luka Modrić Template:CRO UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2019 Virgil van Dijk Template:NED UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2020 Robert Lewandowski Template:POL UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award
2021 Jorginho Template:ITA UEFA logo.png UEFA Best Player in Europe.png UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award