Ronaldo, Messi & the winners of the world’s top individual awards from past 12 months


With the Goal 50 set to be unveiled next week, we take a look back at all the major award winners since Cristiano Ronaldo lifted last year’s prize

It has been 12 months since Cristiano Ronaldo lifted the Goal 50 prize for 2016, with the Portugal and Real Madrid superstar following that triumph with many more personal honours. However, the 32-year-old has not had it all his way in the past year, with many other major names picking up individual awards.

Ronaldo’s long-term rival for greatest player in the world – and former Goal 50 winner Lionel Messi – topped the goalscoring charts in La Liga, which also saw him take the European Golden Shoe award. Although Ronaldo could not match Messi’s 37 La Liga goals, he was the Champions League’s top scorer with 12 goals as Madrid lifted the trophy.

Many of the award winners gained greater prominence thanks to their excellent campaigns, with the likes of Ederson and Nelson Semedo both earning transfers away from Benfica – to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively. Similarly, Ousmane Dembele became the world’s second most expensive player after winning the Bundesliga Best Young Player award.

After being voted as the winner of the Goal 50 in 2016, Ronaldo has since claimed the Ballon d’Or and the Best FIFA Men’s Player awards. But he was outshone at the Confederations Cup where Germany lifted the trophy. Julian Draxler was that competition’s star attraction, with Claudio Bravo putting his club woes with Manchester City behind him to be named the best goalkeeper.

New Liverpool signing Dominic Solanke was the best player at the Under-20 World Cup, while Ronaldo was once again the hero as Real Madrid won the Club World Cup, with the Portugal international picking up yet more individual honours.

Award Player Team
Goal 50 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid & Portugal
Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid & Portugal
The Best FIFA Men’s Player Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid & Portugal
The Best FIFA Women’s Player Lieke Martens FC Barcelona & USA
Confederations Cup Golden Ball Julian Draxler Germany
Confederations Cup Golden Boot Timo Werner Germany
Confederations Cup Golden Glove Claudio Bravo Chile
U-20 World Cup Golden Ball Dominic Solanke England
U-20 World Cup Golden Boot Riccardo Orsolini Italy
U-20 World Cup Golden Glove Freddie Woodman England
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
FIFA Puskas Award Olivier Giroud Arsenal

With Messi and Ronaldo facing off again for the major European awards, Gianluigi Buffon was rewarded for his Champions League performances by being named the competition’s Goalkeeper of the Season. Madrid’s trophy-winning run saw Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos also receive awards, while Paul Pogba won Europa League Player of the Season.


Tottenham’s Harry Kane edged out Everton’s Romelu Lukaku for the Premier League Golden Boot, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani and Edin Dzeko all leading the domestic scoring charts in Germany, France and Italy, respectively.

Award Player Team
European Golden Shoe Lionel Messi Barcelona
UEFA Best Player in Europe Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Champions League Golden Boot Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Champions League Defender of the Season Sergio Ramos Real Madrid
Champions League Midfielder of the Season Luka Modric Real Madrid
Champions League Forward of the Season Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Europa League Golden Boot Edin Dzeko Roma
Europa League Player of the Season Paul Pogba Manchester United
European U-21 Championship Player of the Tournament Dani Ceballos Spain
European U-21 Championship Golden Boot Saul Spain
Bundesliga Golden Boot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund
Bundesliga Footballer of the Year Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich
Bundesliga Rookie of the Year Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund
Eredivisie Footballer of the Year Karim El Ahmadi Feyenoord
Eredivisie Young Player of the Year Kasper Dolberg Ajax
Eredivisie Top Scorer Nicolai Jorgensen Feyenoord
La Liga Best Player Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid
La Liga Best Goalkeeper Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid
La Liga Best Foreign Player Luis Suarez Barcelona
La Liga Best Breakthrough Player Marco Asensio Espanyol
La Liga Trofeo Pichichi Lionel Messi Barcelona
Ligue 1 Golden Boot Edinson Cavani PSG
Ligue 1 Player of the Year Edinson Cavani PSG
Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year Danijel Subasic Monaco
Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year Kylian Mbappe Monaco
Primeira Liga Player of the Year Pizzi Benfica
Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player Nelson Semedo Benfica
Primeira Liga Best Goalkeeper Ederson Benfica
Primeria Liga Golden Boot Bas Dost Sporting CP
Premier League Golden Boot Harry Kane Tottenham
Premier League Players’ Player of the Year N’Golo Kante Chelsea
Premier League Players’ Young Player of the Year Dele Alli Tottenham
Serie A Footballer of the Year Leonardo Bonucci Juventus
Serie A Capocannoniere Edin Dzeko Roma