Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Modric, Ronaldo and Salah final UEFA Player of the Year nominees

Modric, Ronaldo and Salah final UEFA Player of the Year nominees

For the men's award, the shortlist of three players was selected by a jury composed of 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stages of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

Antoine Griezmann, world champion with France in Russia-2018, was behind Messi in the vote to join the select group.

It may have been a record 13th win in the Champions League for Real but Ronaldo couldn't win La Liga for Madrid, who finished a distant third last season behind Lionel Messi's Barcelona, with seventeen points between the pair.

The victor will be named, along with the UEFA Women's Player of the Year, in Monaco on Thursday, August 30, the same day as the draw for the Champions League group stage. The tournament in Russian Federation could prove to be Croatia's current golden generation last major worldwide appearance, and Zlatko Dalić's side shocked fans across the globe by reaching the final. Modric, who has been winning hearts at Bernabeu with his top-notch performances also stands tall as the runner-up at FIFA World Cup and the best player of the megaevent as well.

Ronaldo, now with Juventus, has won the UEFA award each time Madrid has been European champion since the vote was introduced in 2011.

Ronaldo had a mixed campaign by his own high standards last term, despite finishing top of the Champions League scoring charts with 15 goals.

The vote does not always reward a Champions League victor.

Varane is on an all-Madrid defenders list with Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, and the goalkeeper candidates are Alisson, Gianluigi Buffon and Keylor Navas.

UEFA have announced their final shortlists for the Men's and Women's Player of the Year awards, with Lionel Messi missing the cut. The award will be presented on August 31 at the draw for the group stage of the Europa League.

Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry have been shortlisted for the women's award.

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