UEFA player awards

The winners of UEFA's annual awards for best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women's Champions League, and best player in the UEFA Europa League.

Bayern's Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich with their awards in 2020
Bayern's Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich with their awards in 2020 AFP via Getty Images

Since 2017, UEFA has given out five players' awards aimed at recognising the top performers in UEFA men’s club competitions each season. In 2020, the awards also recognised the top performers in the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the first time.

These accolades are presented alongside the annual UEFA Men's Player of the Year and UEFA Women's Player of the Year awards in Monaco each August.

Goalkeeper of the UEFA Champions League season

2019/20: Manuel Neuer (Bayern and Germany)
2018/19: Alisson Becker (Liverpool and Brazil)
2017/18: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid and Costa Rica)
2016/17: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)

Defender of the UEFA Champions League season

2019/20: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern and Germany)
2018/19: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool and Netherlands)
2017/18: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)
2016/17: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)

Midfielder of the UEFA Champions League season

2019/20: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium)
2018/19: Frenkie de Jong (Ajax and Netherlands)
2017/18: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid and Croatia)
2016/17: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid and Croatia)

Forward of the UEFA Champions League season

2019/20: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern and Poland)
2018/19: Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
2017/18: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)
2016/17: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)

UEFA Europa League Player of the season

2019/20: Romelu Lukaku (Inter and Belgium)
2018/19: Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium)
2017/18: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid and France)
2016/17: Paul Pogba (Manchester United and France)

Goalkeeper of the UEFA Women’s Champions League season

2019/20: Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon and France)

Defender of the UEFA Women’s Champions League season

2019/20: Wendie Renard (Lyon and France)

Midfielder of the UEFA Women’s Champions League season

2019/20: Dzsenifer Marozsán (Lyon and Germany)

Forward of the UEFA Women's Champions League season

2019/20: Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg and Denmark)