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.
|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.
|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|