UEFA has introduced five new players' awards, voted for by leading coaches and members of the media, which are presented in Monaco at the UEFA events to kick off the new season.
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UEFA has introduced five new players' awards, aimed at recognising the top performers in UEFA club competitions each season. These new accolades were presented alongside the annual UEFA Men's Player of the Year and UEFA Women's Player of the Year awards in Monaco at the end of August 2017.
The following were presented for the first time during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw on 24 August 2017:
- Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season
Winner: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
- Defender of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season
Winner: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)
- Midfielder of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season
Winner: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid and Croatia)
- Forward of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season
Winner: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)
The following was presented for the first time during the UEFA Europa League group stage draw on 25 August 2017:
- UEFA Europa League Player of the 2016/17 season
Winner: Paul Pogba (Manchester United and France)
The five new competition-specific prizes will complement the existing UEFA Men's and Women's Player of the Year awards. These are for all players who have played in Europe and are based on performances during the previous season across all competitions, both domestically and internationally, at club and national-team levels.
How voting works
The jury for the inaugural awards consisted of coaches of clubs in the 2016/17 group stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists from the European Sports Media (ESM) group representing each of UEFA's member associations. Coaches are not allowed to vote for players from their own team.
Finally, the 2017 UEFA President's Award was presented in Monaco to Francesco Totti, in recognition of the Italian footballer's outstanding career.