Inter monopolise UEFA Club Football Awards

FC Internazionale Milano players won all five UEFA Club Football Awards with Diego Milito named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and Júlio César, Maicon and Wesley Sneijder honoured.

FC Internazionale Milano have achieved a clean sweep of the 2010 UEFA Club Football Awards at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, the first time such a feat has been achieved since the awards' inception in 1998.

Diego Milito, who scored both goals in Internazionale's 2-0 UEFA Champions League final defeat of FC Bayern München in Madrid in May, secured the overall prize as UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, voted for, like all these accolades, by the coaches of the teams that reached the round of 16 last season. The 12 nominees for the four positional awards were all eligible for the main honour.

Milito was also named UEFA Club Forward of the Year, emulating the double claimed by Ronaldo for Inter in 1998, after beating off fellow nominees Lionel Messi – who lifted both prizes in 2009 – and Wayne Rooney. Both individual trophies were fully merited according to another UEFA Champions League final hero, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who was Manchester United FC's match-winner against Bayern in 1999.

"Of course you have talent and all the best players have talent, but what sets the best players apart from the others is the attitude, the determination and work rate, and that's what impressed me with Inter last season and not just Milito," he told UEFA.com. "Of course when you get the bonus of scoring two goals in the final, I think his work rate made him deserve that as well.

"They were top-class goals," continued Solskjær. "In a final any goal you score is [great] but he took them really, really well and that shows not only determination but that he has the mental strength and toughness of playing in big games. It is one thing to be talented and play well in the easy games but when you go to the big games and do that, that shows strength of character."

Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder took the plaudits as UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year, for which his Netherlands colleague Arjen Robben and Xavi Hernández were also nominated. Full-back Maicon was voted the UEFA Club Defender of the Year, a category in which his Nerazzurri team-mate Lúcio was a nominee along with Gerard Piqué. And Júlio César completed the Inter clean sweep, getting the nod as UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year ahead of Hugo Lloris and Víctor Valdés.

Roll of honour
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
Year Player Club
2010 Diego Milito
FC Internazionale Milano
2009 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United FC
2007 Kaká AC Milan
2006 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona
2005 Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC
2004 Deco FC Porto
2003 Gianluigi Buffon Juventus FC
2002 Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid CF
2001 Stefan Effenberg FC Bayern München
2000 Fernando Redondo Real Madrid CF
1999 David Beckham Manchester United FC
1998 Ronaldo FC Internazionale Milano

UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year
Year Player Club
2010 Júlio César FC Internazionale Milano
2009 Edwin van der Sar Manchester United FC
2008 Petr Čech Chelsea FC
2007 Petr Čech Chelsea FC
2006 Jens Lehmann Arsenal FC
2005 Petr Čech Chelsea FC
2004 Vítor Baía FC Porto
2003 Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
2002 Oliver Kahn FC Bayern München
2001 Oliver Kahn FC Bayern München
2000 Oliver Kahn FC Bayern München
1999 Oliver Kahn FC Bayern München
1998 Peter Schmeichel Manchester United FC

UEFA Club Defender of the Year
Year Player Club
2010 Maicon FC Internazionale Milano
2009 John Terry Chelsea FC
2008 John Terry Chelsea FC
2007 Paolo Maldini AC Milan
2006 Carles Puyol FC Barcelona
2005 John Terry Chelsea FC
2004 Ricardo Carvalho FC Porto
2003 Roberto Carlos Real Madrid CF
2002 Roberto Carlos Real Madrid CF
2001 Roberto Ayala Valencia CF
2000 Jaap Stam Manchester United FC
1999 Jaap Stam Manchester United FC
1998 Fernando Hierro Real Madrid CF

UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year
Year Player Club
2010 Wesley Sneijder
FC Internazionale Milano
2009 Xavi Hernández FC Barcelona
2008 Frank Lampard Chelsea FC
2007 Clarence Seedorf AC Milan
2006 Deco FC Barcelona
2005 Kaká AC Milan
2004 Deco FC Porto
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Juventus
2002 Michael Ballack FC Bayern München
2001 Gaizka Mendieta Valencia CF
2000 Gaizka Mendieta Valencia CF
1999 David Beckham Manchester United FC
1998 Zinédine Zidane Juventus

UEFA Club Forward of the Year
Year Player Club
2010 Diego Milito
FC Internazionale Milano
2009 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United FC
2007 Kaká AC Milan
2006 Samuel Eto'o FC Barcelona
2005 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona
2004 Fernando Morientes AS Monaco FC
2003 Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United FC
2002 Raúl González Real Madrid CF
2001 Raúl González Real Madrid CF
2000 Raúl González Real Madrid CF
1999 Andriy Shevchenko FC Dynamo Kyiv
1998 Ronaldo FC Internazionale Milano