Antoine Griezmann named Europa League Player of the Season
Friday, August 31, 2018
Atlético's Antoine Griezmann tops the list of the best ten players in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League.
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Antoine Griezmann has been named the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season.
The France striker, 27, finished well clear of Marseille's Dimitri Payet and Atlético Madrid team-mate Diego Godín to capture the second edition of the award, which was announced during the UEFA Europa League group stage draw in Monaco.
Griezmann was man of the match as Atlético clinched the trophy in May, scoring twice to set up a 3-0 victory over Marseille in a final staged in Lyon – just 45 minutes from his home town of Macon.
Two months later Griezmann picked up another man of the match prize in a major final, converting a penalty and playing a part in two other goals as France won the FIFA World Cup!
Top ten players of 2017/18 UEFA Europa League
1 Antoine Griezmann (Atlético) – 388 points
2 Dimitri Payet (Marseille) – 103 points
3 Diego Godín (Atlético) – 84 points
4 Jan Oblak (Atlético) – 43 points
5 Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 26 points
6= Aritz Aduriz (Athletic) – 16 points
6= Koke (Atlético) – 16 points
8= Luiz Gustavo (Marseille) – 10 points
8= Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – 10 points
10 Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio) – 8 points
How Griezmann was selected
The jury was composed of the coaches of the 48 clubs in last season's group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.
Jury members chose their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams. Paul Pogba won the inaugural award for 2016/17.
All the 2017/18 award winners
UEFA Men's Player of the Year: Luka Modrić
UEFA Women's Player of the Year: Pernille Harder
UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season: Keylor Navas
UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season: Sergio Ramos
UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season: Luka Modrić
UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season: Cristiano Ronaldo