The Monaco gala also singled out last season’s top performers. Chelsea were doubly represented with Petr Cech and John Terry taking the top goalkeeping and defender accolades.
AC Milan’s Kaka pipped Frank Lampard for the midfielder award while Ronaldinho was the clear choice in front of goal. Steven Gerrard was voted Most Valuable Player of the season, the highest honour awarded on the night. Celebrations were brought to a conclusion with the Super Cup, CSKA Moscow, the UEFA Cup winners, taking on the Champions League heroes, Liverpool. Danny Carvalho put the Russian side
in the lead and the Reds missed a string of chances while seemingly heading for defeat. Manager Benitez sent Cisse into the fray, the French international handed his side the equaliser within minutes to send the game into extra time. He then appeared behind the Moscow defence to put his team ahead and concluded his cameo appearance with the perfect cross for Garcia to head home unchallenged. 3-1 on the night, Liverpool Kings of Europe once more.