UEFA President's Award

Italian legend Francesco Totti (second left) receives the 2017 UEFA President's Award from UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin at the UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.
Italian legend Francesco Totti (second left) receives the 2017 UEFA President's Award from UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin at the UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco. ©Getty Images for UEFA

Each year, a football personality is honoured by UEFA in receiving the UEFA President's Award.

The UEFA President's Award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. The accolade, first introduced by UEFA in 1998, focuses particularly on the true protagonists – the players – who have advanced the game's development and success.

In recent years, a select group of football luminaries – European Footballers of the Year – have received the UEFA President's Award: Alfredo Di Stéfano (2007), Sir Bobby Charlton (2008), Eusébio (2009), Raymond Kopa (2010), Gianni Rivera (2011), Franz Beckenbauer (2012), Johan Cruyff (2013) and Josef Masopust (2014). Francesco Totti (Italy) was the recipient of the 2017 award.

Winners of the UEFA President's Award:
1998: Jacques Delors (European Commission, France)
1999: No award
2000: Guy Roux (France)
2001: Juan Santisteban (Spain)
2002: Sir Bobby Robson (England)
2003: Paolo Maldini (Italy)
2004: Ernie Walker (Scotland)
2005: Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands)
2006: Wilfried Straub (Germany)
2007: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Spain)
2008: Sir Bobby Charlton (England)
2009: Eusébio (Portugal)
2010: Raymond Kopa (France)
2011: Gianni Rivera (Italy)
2012: Franz Beckenbauer (Germany)
2013: Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
2014: Josef Masopust (Czech Republic)
2015: No award
2016: No award
2017: Francesco Totti (Italy)

 

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