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.
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.Davor Šuker is second with six awards. They are followed by Dado Pršo with three wins from 2003 to 2005.
In 1995, a separate award, the Hope of the Year (Croatian: Nada godine), was introduced. It is awarded to the best young Croatian player.As of 2020, only Ivica Olić and Luka Modrić have won both the Hope of the Year and Footballer of the Year awards.
† denotes shared wins
|Year||Yugoslav Footballer of the Year|
|1972||Dušan Bajević (1)||24||FW||Velež|
|1973||Enver Marić (1)||25||GK||Velež|
|1974||Josip Katalinski (1)||26||DF||Željezničar|
|1975||Ivan Buljan (1)||26||DF||Hajduk Split|
|1976||Ivica Šurjak (1)||23||MF||Hajduk Split|
|1977||Dražen Mužinić (1)||24||MF||Hajduk Split|
|1978||Vilson Džoni (1) †||28||DF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|Nenad Stojković (1) †||22||DF||Partizan|
|1979||Safet Sušić (1) †||24||MF||FK Sarajevo|
|Velimir Zajec (1) †||23||MF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|1980||Vladimir Petrović (1)||25||MF||Red Star|
|1981||Zlatko Vujović (1)||23||FW||Hajduk Split|
|1982||Ivan Gudelj (1)||22||MF||Hajduk Split|
|1983||Zoran Simović (1)||29||GK||Hajduk Split|
|1984||Velimir Zajec (2)||28||MF||Panathinaikos|
|1985||Blaž Slišković (1)||26||MF||Hajduk Split|
|1986||Semir Tuce (1)||22||MF||Velež|
|1987||Marko Mlinarić (1)||27||MF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|1988||Dragan Stojković (1)||23||MF||Red Star|
|1989||Dragan Stojković (2)||24||MF||Red Star|
|1990||Robert Prosinečki (1)||21||MF||Red Star|
|Year||Croatian Footballer of the Year||Hope of the Year|
|1991||Zvonimir Boban (1)||23||MF||Milan||—|
|1992||Davor Šuker (1)||25||FW||Sevilla||—|
|1993||Alen Bokšić (1)||23||FW||Lazio||—|
|1994||Davor Šuker (2)||27||FW||Sevilla||—|
|1995||Davor Šuker (3)||28||FW||Sevilla||Dario Šimić||20||DF||Croatia Zagreb|
|1996||Davor Šuker (4)||29||FW||Real Madrid||Jurica Vučko||20||FW||Hajduk Split|
|1997||Robert Prosinečki (2) †||28||MF||Croatia Zagreb||Silvio Marić||22||MF||Croatia Zagreb|
|Davor Šuker (5) †||30||FW||Real Madrid|
|1998||Davor Šuker (6)||31||FW||Real Madrid||Jurica Vranješ||18||MF||Osijek|
|1999||Zvonimir Boban (2)||31||MF||Milan||Tomo Šokota||22||FW||Croatia Zagreb|
|2000||Nenad Bjelica (1)||29||MF||Osijek||Krunoslav Lovrek||21||FW||NK Zagreb|
|2001||Igor Tudor (1)||23||DF||Juventus||Ivica Olić||22||FW||NK Zagreb|
|2002||Stipe Pletikosa (1)||23||GK||Hajduk Split||Niko Kranjčar||18||MF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|2003||Dado Pršo (1)||29||FW||Monaco||Goran Ljubojević||20||FW||Osijek|
|2004||Dado Pršo (2)||30||FW||Rangers||Luka Modrić||19||MF||Inter Zaprešić|
|2005||Dado Pršo (3)||31||FW||Rangers||Leon Benko||22||FW||Varteks|
|2006||Eduardo (1)||23||FW||Dinamo Zagreb||Ante Rukavina||20||FW||Šibenik|
|2007||Luka Modrić (1)||22||MF||Dinamo Zagreb||Nikola Kalinić||19||FW||Hajduk Split|
|2008||Luka Modrić (2)||23||MF||Tottenham Hotspur||Marin Tomasov||21||MF||Zadar|
|2009||Ivica Olić (1)||30||FW||Bayern Munich||Milan Badelj||20||MF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|2010||Ivica Olić (2)||31||FW||Bayern Munich||Šime Vrsaljko||18||DF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|2011||Luka Modrić (3)||26||MF||Tottenham Hotspur||Mateo Kovačić||17||MF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|2012||Mario Mandžukić (1)||26||FW||Bayern Munich||Franko Andrijašević||21||MF||Hajduk Split|
|2013||Mario Mandžukić (2)||27||FW||Bayern Munich||Ante Rebić||20||FW||Fiorentina|
|2014||Luka Modrić (4)||29||MF||Real Madrid||Tin Jedvaj||19||DF||Bayer Leverkusen|
|2015||Ivan Rakitić (1)||27||MF||Barcelona||Ante Ćorić||18||MF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|2016||Luka Modrić (5)||31||MF||Real Madrid||Filip Benković||19||DF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|2017||Luka Modrić (6)||32||MF||Real Madrid||Lovro Majer||19||MF||Lokomotiva|
|2018||Luka Modrić (7)||33||MF||Real Madrid||—|
|2019||Luka Modrić (8)||34||MF||Real Madrid||—|
|2020||Luka Modrić (9)||35||MF||Real Madrid||—|
Notes on club name changes:
Players in bold are still active. Wins in italics denote wins in Yugoslav competition before 1991.
|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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