The Belgian and Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku beat Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes to crown Europa League Player of the Season award.
Lukaku who joined Inter Milan from Manchester United in 2019 for a fee reported to be a club record €80 million scored seven goals in just five matches for Inter, and his team to the final where they were beaten by Sevilla in Cologne, beat off competition from Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes.
Speaking after receiving his award, Lukaku said: ‘I want to thank my mum, my brother, my agents, RocNation for supporting me.
‘I want to thank Antonio Conte and his staff for their trust and for helping me. Most importantly I want to thank my team-mates. They’ve been like brothers to me from day one.
‘Every day I come into training with a smile on my face. I hope this year we’re going to do much better than last year and have lots of success.
The Belgian played six games, starting in five, and scored seven goals, as well as providing two assists. This gave him an average of 1.5 goals per game, which is vital in a competition as prestigious as this one.
Top ten players of the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League
1 Romelu Lukaku (Inter) – 270 points
2 Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP/Manchester United) – 128 points
3 Éver Banega (Sevilla) – 118 points
4 Luuk de Jong (Sevilla) – 64 points
5 Jesús Navas (Sevilla) – 59 points
6 Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla) – 39 points
7 Kai Havertz (Leverkusen) – 17 points
8 Diego Carlos (Sevilla) – 9 points
9 Adama Traoré (Wolves) – 8 points
2018/19: Eden Hazard
2017/18: Antoine Griezmann
2016/17: Paul Pogba
10 Jules Koundé (Sevilla) – 7 points