Diego Milito named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year

diego milito
Diego Milito - UEFA's Player of the Year

diego milito

Inter Milan striker Diego Milito beat off stiff competition from the likes of Lionel Messi and Xavi to win the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award.

The Argentine forward, who scored both of Inter’s goals in his side’s 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in May’s Champions League final, won the prize with a total of nine nominations.

The winner was voted for by the 16 managers of the clubs that reached the knock-out stage of last season’s competition, including the Premier League’s Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Arsene Wenger.

Gunners boss Wenger was clearly left impressed by four-goal Messi following his side’s 4-1 demolition at the Camp Nou last season as he voted the Argentine as his top pick for Forward of the Year.

Ferguson, meanwhile, made Milito his number one ahead of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The ceremony in Monaco also saw the presentation of the other awards according to the four categories, with each one of this year’s winners hailing from the title holders Inter.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar beat Barcelona’s Victor Valdes and Lyon’s Hugo Lloris to win the goalkeeper award while Wesley Sneijder was favoured ahead of Arjen Robben and Xavi in the midfielder category. Brazilian Maicon just edged out Barcelona’s Gerard Pique to seal the defender’s prize.

UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year: Julio Cesar
Nominees: Julio Cesar, Hugo Lloris, Victor Valdes

UEFA Club Defender of the Year: Maicon
Nominees: Lucio, Maicon, Gerard Pique

UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year: Wesley Sneijder
Nominees: Xavi, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder.

UEFA Club Forward of the Year: Diego Milito
Nominees: Lionel Messi, Diego Milito, Wayne Rooney.

Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal preparing opening bid for Man City forward Gabriel Jesus
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal have reached 'full agreement' to sign Marquinhos from Sao Paolo
Gossip
N'Golo Kante
New Man United manager Erik ten Hag wants to sign Chelsea FC star N'Golo Kante - report
Gossip
Erik ten Hag
Man United set to miss out on signing FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong - report
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Croatia attacker ‘appreciated’ by Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal preparing opening bid for Man City forward Gabriel Jesus
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal have reached 'full agreement' to sign Marquinhos from Sao Paolo
Gossip
N'Golo Kante
New Man United manager Erik ten Hag wants to sign Chelsea FC star N'Golo Kante - report
Gossip
Erik ten Hag
Man United set to miss out on signing FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong - report
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Croatia attacker ‘appreciated’ by Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature