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Ronaldo, Messi & the winners of the world’s top 70 individual awards from the past 12 months

8:00 AM GMT 11/11/2018
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Last year, Ronaldo was named the winner of the Goal 50, but who has won the world's individual awards in the year since that triumph?

It has been 12 months since Cristiano Ronaldo once again won the Goal 50 prize, being named the top footballer in the world in 2017. However, since that history-making triumph, the football world has changed with the Portuguese superstar trading Real Madrid for Juventus and not even making the last eight at the World Cup.

France lifted the World Cup trophy in Russia, where Ronaldo's great rival, Lionel Messi, also failed to reach the quarter-final stage. That allowed for a range of new names to take the spotlight, but Messi and Ronaldo continued to shine at club level, winning La Liga and the Champions League respectively. Those trophies saw Messi and Ronaldo pick up some individual club awards.

Madrid's Champions League win was also good news for Luka Modric, who continued his excellent form at international level, with his performances for Croatia seeing him win the Golden Ball in Russia. Kylian Mbappe was the World Cup's best young player and also was named European Golden Boy, as well as the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year for the second year running.


Modric and Mbappe won the two biggest individual awards at the World Cup, with Thibaut Courtois finishing as the tournament's top goalkeeper after helping Belgium to the semi-final. Belgium beat England in the third-place playoff, but the Three Lions did not go home empty handed as Harry Kane picked up the Golden Boot trophy.

Ronaldo's phenomenal 2017 saw him add to his Goal 50 award by being named the Ballon d'Or winner, but his The Best crown went to Modric in 2018. Both players picked up trophies at the Club World Cup, while Mohamed Salah's goal for Liverpool against Everton was voted the Puskas Award winner by the public.

Award Player Team
Goal 50 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid & Portugal
Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid & Portugal
The Best FIFA Men's Player Luka Modric Real Madrid & Croatia
The Best FIFA Women's Player Marta Orlando Pride & Brazil
World Cup Golden Ball Luka Modric Croatia
World Cup Golden Boot Harry Kane England
World Cup Golden Glove Thibaut Courtois Belgium
World Cup Best Young Player Kylian Mbappe France
World Cup Goal of the Tournament Benjamin Pavard France
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball Luka Modric Real Madrid
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
FIFA Puskas Award Mohamed Salah Liverpool


Messi's goals propelled Barcelona to another Spanish league title, but also saw him finish as La Liga top scorer and the top scorer in all of Europe. However, Real Madrid's Champions League exploits led to Modric being crowned UEFA's Best Player in Europe while Ronaldo picked up the Golden Boot in continental competition.

Real Madrid recorded a clean sweep in the Champions League awards, with their players being named as best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward. Salah's amazing season for Liverpool in the Premier League meant he was voted as the best player in England, while Neymar was named Ligue 1's greatest despite missing a lot of PSG's games.

Award Player Team
European Golden Shoe Lionel Messi Barcelona
UEFA Best Player in Europe Luka Modric Real Madrid
European Golden Boy Kylian Mbappe PSG & France
Champions League Golden Boot Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season Keylor Navas Real Madrid
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 Ciro Immobile Lazio
Europa League Player of the Season Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid
European U-19 Championship Top Scorer Joao Filipe & Francisco Trincao Portugal
European U-17 Championship Top Scorer Yorbe Vertessen Belgium
Bundesliga Golden Boot Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich
Bundesliga Rookie of the Year Amine Harit Schalke
Eredivisie Footballer of the Year Hakim Ziyech Ajax
Eredivisie Young Player of the Year Matthijs de Ligt Ajax
Eredivisie Top Scorer Alireza Jahanbakhsh AZ
La Liga Best Goalkeeper Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid
La Liga Trofeo Pichichi Lionel Messi Barcelona
Ligue 1 Golden Boot Edinson Cavani PSG
Ligue 1 Player of the Year Neymar PSG
Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year Steve Mandanda Marseille
Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year Kylian Mbappe PSG
Primeira Liga Player of the Year Bruno Fernandes Sporting CP
Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player Ruben Dias Benfica
Primeira Liga Golden Boot Jonas Benfica
Premier League Golden Boot Mohamed Salah Liverpool
PFA Players' Player of the Year Mohamed Salah Liverpool
PFA Players' Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane Manchester City
Serie A Footballer of the Year Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Serie A Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile & Mauro Icardi Lazio / Inter


Halfway through his record-breaking season at Liverpool, Salah was named African Footballer of the Year, becoming the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud El Khatib back in 1983.

Unlike the Africa Cup of Nations, the African Nations Championship is only for players who ply their trade in Africa. This year's tournament was won by Morocco, with Ayoub El Kaabi breaking the tournament's goalscoring record by scoring nine times on home soil. He won the Man of the Tournament and then earned a transfer to the Chinese Super League.

Award Player Team
African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah Liverpool & Egypt
CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year Patson Daka Liefering & Zambia
African Nations Championship Top Scorer Ayoub El Kaabi Morocco
African Nations Championship Man of the Tournament Ayoub El Kaabi Morocco
CAF Champions League Top Scorer Hamid Ahaddad Difaa El Jadidi
CAF Confederation Cup Top Scorer Mahmoud Benhalib Raja Casablanca


After being named Asian International Player of the Year, Son Heung-min helped South Korea to victory at the 2018 Asian Games, where team-mate Hwang Ui-jo finished as top scorer.

Syrian forward Omar Kharbin was named Asian Player of the Year following his domestic double with Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

Fijian side Lautoka surprised Oceania by reaching the OFC Champions League final, but were no match for New Zealand's Team Wellington over two legs, with Angus Kilkolly scoring his eighth goal of the campaign to win the Golden Boot ahead of Auckland City's Emiliano Tade.

Award Player Team
Asian Player of the Year Omar Kharbin Al-Hilal & Syria
Asian International Player of the Year Son Heung-min Tottenham & South Korea
Asian Young Player of the Year Lee Seung-woo Hellas Verona & South Korea
Asian Games Top Scorer Hwang Ui-jo South Korea
AFC Champions League Top Scorer Baghdad Bounedjah Al-Sadd
AFC Cup Top Scorer An Il-bom April 25
OFC Champions League Golden Ball Roy Kayara Team Wellington
OFC Champions League Golden Boot Angus Kilkolly Team Wellington
OFC Champions League Golden Glove Enaut Zubikarai Auckland City


With the United States missing out on World Cup qualification, Costa Rica's exploits were rewarded as Keylor Navas was named the CONCACAF Player of the Year. The goalkeeper won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then played all three games for his country in Russia.

Italian striker Sebastian Giovinco was involved in 11 of Toronto FC's goals as they reached the CONCACAF Champions League final, losing on penalties to Mexico's Guadalajara on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw. Toronto's Jonathan Osorio matched Giovinco's tally of four goals scored to win the Golden Boot.

Award Player Team
CONCACAF Player of the Year Keylor Navas Real Madrid & Costa Rica
CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year Keylor Navas Real Madrid & Costa Rica
CONCACAF Champions League Golden Ball Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
CONCACAF Champions League Golden Boot Jonathan Osorio Toronto FC
CONCACAF Champions League Golden Glove Rodolfo Cota Guadalajara
CONCACAF Champions League Best Young Player Rodolfo Pizarro Guadalajara
Caribbean Club Championship Top Scorer Stefano Rijssel Inter Moengotapoe
MLS Golden Boot Josef Martinez Atlanta United


Luan lifted the Copa Libertadores with Gremio in November 2017, scoring the winning goal in the second leg against Lanus to ensure a third continental title for the Brazilian club. He finished just a goal behind Jose Sand in the top scorer rankings and was named the tournament's best player and then the South American Footballer of the Year.

Award Player Team
South American Footballer of the Year Luan Gremio & Brazil
Copa Libertadores Top Scorer Jose Sand Lanus
Copa Libertadores Best Player Luan Gremio
Copa Sudamericana Top Scorer Jhon Cifuente Universidad Catolica

The Goal 50 is an annual award that both recognises and ranks the world's 50 best footballers of the preceding 12 months. Chief editors and correspondents from Goal's 42 editions around the world all cast their votes, with candidates judged on their level of consistency over the previous year of action, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.