Pernille Harder and Luka Modrić named top European players
UEFA awards ceremony celebrates 2017-18 players of the year31 August 2018 | FT Editor
Pernille Harder and Luka Modrić have been named UEFA Players of the Year for 2017-18 at a ceremony which took place today during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.
Danish Harder plays for VfL Wolfsburg and took part in the Women’s Champions League final in Kyiv. She claimed 106 points in the vote, followed by Olympique Lyonnais' Norway international Ada Hegerberg with 61 points and French international Amandine Henry (and Hegerberg team mate) third with 41 points.
The jury was composed of coaches from the 12 highest-ranked teams in the latest women’s national team rankings, together with the coaches of the eight clubs which participated in the quarter-finals of the 2017-18 Women’s Champions League. Also on the panel were 20 journalists specialising in women’s football who were selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.
Real Madrid CF player Luka Modrić was crowned the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year with 313 points, followed by Real Madrid and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo on 223 points and Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah on 134 points.
The men's jury was composed of 80 coaches of the clubs, which participated in the group stages of the Champions League and Europa League, together with 55 journalists selected by the ESM group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.
"It's an incredible moment for me and I feel excited and proud to have won this great award. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me to receive the award, my club, Real Madrid, my coaches and my teammates who support me through the highs and lows. This award belongs to them as well," said Modrić accepting the away on stage at Monaco.
The Player of the Year awards recognise the best players, irrespective of their nationality, who have played for a football club within the territory of a UEFA member national association. The awards are based on players’ performances during the 2017-18 season in all competitions, both domestic and international, and at club and national team levels.
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