MIAMI -- Keylor Navas’ impact in helping Real Madrid to numerous titles and Costa Rica to a berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been recognized with the 2017 CONCACAF Male Player of the Year award – making him the first two-time winner in the accolade’s five-year history.
The 31-year-old goalkeeper was announced as the winner on Sunday night at the Premios Univision Deportes, a day after Real Madrid became the first team to repeat as FIFA Club World Cup champion.
In CONCACAF’s 56-year-existence, very few, if any, players enjoyed a 12-month more successful than Navas, who finished ahead of runner-up Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands & Mexico) and third-place Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union/USA & Jamaica). The vote was equally-weighted between Member Association national team coaches/captains, media and fans.
Navas was key in Costa Rica booking a ticket to Russia 2018, competing in seven CONCACAF Hexagonal matches and conceding six goals. The former Saprissa standout earned winners’ medals with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, Spanish La Liga, UEFA Super Cup, Supercopa de España and FIFA Club World Cup.
Navas was previously honored as the CONCACAF Player of the Year in 2014 and CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016.
CONCACAF Male Player of the Year
List of Winners
2017: Keylor Navas, Goalkeeper (Real Madrid CF/Spain & Costa Rica)
2016: Bryan Ruiz, Midfielder/Forward (Sporting Clube de Portugal/Portugal & Costa Rica)
2015: Javier Hernandez, Forward (Bayer 04 Leverkusen/Germany & Mexico)
2014: Keylor Navas, Goalkeeper (Real Madrid CF/Spain & Costa Rica)
2013: Oribe Peralta, Forward (Santos Laguna/Mexico & Mexico)