UEFA President's Award
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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, is usually awarded annually to a football personality who is deemed to have advanced the game's development and success.[1][2] Recently, Eric Cantona has become infamous for his bizarre acceptance speech for the 2019 UEFA Presidents Award. Dressed in a flat cap, he began by quoting William Shakespeare's King Lear - "As flies to wanton boys we are for the gods" - before referencing science, war and crime.[3]


Year Winner Ref.
1998 France Jacques Delors [4]
1999 Not Awarded
2000 France Guy Roux
2001 Spain Juan Santisteban
2002 England Bobby Robson
2003 Italy Paolo Maldini
2004 Scotland Ernie Walker
2005 Netherlands Frank Rijkaard
2006 Germany Wilfried Straub
2007 Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano
2008 England Bobby Charlton
2009 Portugal Eusébio
2010 France Raymond Kopa
2011 Italy Gianni Rivera
2012 Germany Franz Beckenbauer
2013 Netherlands Johan Cruyff
2014 Czech Republic Josef Masopust
2015 Not Awarded
2016 Not Awarded
2017 Italy Francesco Totti
2018 England David Beckham
2019 France Eric Cantona [5]


  1. ^ "UEFA President's Award". UEFA.com. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "David Beckham: Uefa to honour former England captain with President's Award". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi & Eric Cantona light up Uefa awards". BBC Sport. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "UEFA President's Award". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Eric Cantona to receive UEFA President's Award". UEFA.com. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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