Croatian Footballer of the Year

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The Croatian Footballer of the Year (Croatian : Nogometaš godine) is the most prestigious annual association football award in Croatia. It is awarded by the newspaper Večernji list to the best Croatian football player in the preceding year, regardless of the league they play in, based on a points system which measures their performances for both club and country. The award is usually presented in a ceremony hosted by the Croatian Football Federation.

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The award was established in 1972 and, until 1990, the award was given to the best Yugoslav player in the preceding year. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, the award is given to the best Croatian player. Luka Modrić holds the record for most wins, with nine awards. [1] [2] [3] Davor Šuker is second with six awards. [4] [5] [6] [7] They are followed by Dado Pršo with three wins from 2003 to 2005. [4]

In 1995, a separate award, the Hope of the Year (Croatian: Nada godine), was introduced. It is awarded to the best young Croatian player. [8] As of 2020, only Ivica Olić and Luka Modrić have won both the Hope of the Year and Footballer of the Year awards.

List of winners

Yugoslav Footballer of the Year (1972–90)

† denotes shared wins

YearYugoslav Footballer of the Year
Player (Wins)AgePos.Club
1972 Dušan Bajević (1)24FW Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Velež
1973 Enver Marić (1)25GK Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Velež
1974 Josip Katalinski (1)26DF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Željezničar
1975 Ivan Buljan (1)26DF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Hajduk Split
1976 Ivica Šurjak (1)23MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Hajduk Split
1977 Dražen Mužinić (1)24MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Hajduk Split
1978 Vilson Džoni (1)28DF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Dinamo Zagreb
Nenad Stojković (1)22DF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Partizan
1979 Safet Sušić (1)24MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg FK Sarajevo
Velimir Zajec (1)23MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Dinamo Zagreb
1980 Vladimir Petrović (1)25MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Red Star
1981 Zlatko Vujović (1)23FW Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Hajduk Split
1982 Ivan Gudelj (1)22MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Hajduk Split
1983 Zoran Simović (1)29GK Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Hajduk Split
1984 Velimir Zajec (2)28MF Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos
1985 Blaž Slišković (1)26MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Hajduk Split
1986 Semir Tuce (1)22MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Velež
1987 Marko Mlinarić (1)27MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Dinamo Zagreb
1988 Dragan Stojković (1)23MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Red Star
1989 Dragan Stojković (2)24MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Red Star
1990 Robert Prosinečki (1)21MF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Red Star

Croatian Footballer of the Year (1991–present)

Luka Modric holds the record for most wins with nine awards ISL-HRV (7).jpg
Luka Modrić holds the record for most wins with nine awards
Davor Suker won the title six times Davor Suker 300x450px.jpg
Davor Šuker won the title six times
Ivica Olic, along with Luka Modric, is the only player to win both the Croatian Footballer of the Year and the Hope of the Year awards Ivica Olic during game v England.jpg
Ivica Olić, along with Luka Modrić, is the only player to win both the Croatian Footballer of the Year and the Hope of the Year awards
YearCroatian Footballer of the YearHope of the Year
Player (Wins)AgePos.ClubPlayerAgePos.Club
1991 Zvonimir Boban (1)23MF Flag of Italy.svg Milan
1992 Davor Šuker (1)25FW Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla
1993 Alen Bokšić (1)23FW Flag of Italy.svg Lazio
1994 Davor Šuker (2)27FW Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla
1995 Davor Šuker (3)28FW Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla Dario Šimić 20DF Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Zagreb
1996 Davor Šuker (4)29FW Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Jurica Vučko 20FW Flag of Croatia.svg Hajduk Split
1997 Robert Prosinečki (2)28MF Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Zagreb Silvio Marić 22MF Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Zagreb
Davor Šuker (5)30FW Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
1998 Davor Šuker (6)31FW Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Jurica Vranješ 18MF Flag of Croatia.svg Osijek
1999 Zvonimir Boban (2)31MF Flag of Italy.svg Milan Tomo Šokota 22FW Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Zagreb
2000 Nenad Bjelica (1)29MF Flag of Croatia.svg Osijek Krunoslav Lovrek 21FW Flag of Croatia.svg NK Zagreb
2001 Igor Tudor (1)23DF Flag of Italy.svg Juventus Ivica Olić 22FW Flag of Croatia.svg NK Zagreb
2002 Stipe Pletikosa (1)23GK Flag of Croatia.svg Hajduk Split Niko Kranjčar 18MF Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb
2003 Dado Pršo (1)29FW Flag of France.svg Monaco Goran Ljubojević 20FW Flag of Croatia.svg Osijek
2004 Dado Pršo (2)30FW Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers Luka Modrić 19MF Flag of Croatia.svg Inter Zaprešić
2005 Dado Pršo (3)31FW Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers Leon Benko 22FW Flag of Croatia.svg Varteks
2006 Eduardo (1)23FW Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb Ante Rukavina 20FW Flag of Croatia.svg Šibenik
2007 Luka Modrić (1)22MF Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb Nikola Kalinić 19FW Flag of Croatia.svg Hajduk Split
2008 Luka Modrić (2)23MF Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur Marin Tomasov 21MF Flag of Croatia.svg Zadar
2009 Ivica Olić (1)30FW Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich Milan Badelj 20MF Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb
2010 Ivica Olić (2)31FW Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich Šime Vrsaljko 18DF Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb
2011 Luka Modrić (3)26MF Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur Mateo Kovačić 17MF Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb
2012 Mario Mandžukić (1)26FW Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich Franko Andrijašević 21MF Flag of Croatia.svg Hajduk Split
2013 Mario Mandžukić (2)27FW Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich Ante Rebić 20FW Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
2014 Luka Modrić (4)29MF Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Tin Jedvaj 19DF Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
2015 Ivan Rakitić (1)27MF Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Ante Ćorić 18MF Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb
2016 Luka Modrić (5)31MF Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Filip Benković 19DF Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb
2017 Luka Modrić (6)32MF Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Lovro Majer 19MF Flag of Croatia.svg Lokomotiva
2018 Luka Modrić (7)33MF Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2019 Luka Modrić (8)34MF Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2020 Luka Modrić (9)35MF Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid

Notes on club name changes:

Multiple winners

Players in bold are still active. Wins in italics denote wins in Yugoslav competition before 1991.

WinsPlayerWinning yearsClub(s)
9 Luka Modrić 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid
6 Davor Šuker 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Sevilla, Real Madrid
3 Dado Pršo 2003, 2004, 2005 Monaco, Rangers
2 Velimir Zajec 1979, 1984 Dinamo Zagreb, Panathinaikos
Dragan Stojković 1988, 1989 Red Star Belgrade
Robert Prosinečki 1990, 1997 Red Star Belgrade, Croatia Zagreb
Zvonimir Boban 1991, 1999 Milan
Ivica Olić 2009, 2010 Bayern Munich
Mario Mandžukić 2012, 2013 Bayern Munich

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