UEFA Men's Player of the Year nominees revealed in three-man shortlist
Posted: 20 August 2018 Time: 15:00
The UEFA Men's Player of the Year award nominees for the 2017/18 season have been revealed with Lionel Messi and Neymar the biggest omissions.
Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah are the top-three nominated for the award that 'recognises the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association'.
According to UEFA's official website the selection process went through 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48), along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.
The rest of the top-10 are as follows;
4. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético & France) – 72 points
5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) – 55 points
6. Kylian Mbappé (Paris & France) – 43 points
7. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium) – 28 points
8. Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid & France) – 23 points
9. Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium) – 15 points
10. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain) – 12 points
However, the abovementioned seven players are not eligible to win the award that will be announced on Monday 27 August.
The other award shortlists by UEFA:
Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker, Gianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas
Defender of the Season: Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane
Midfielder of the Season: Kevin De Bruyne, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić
Forward of the Season: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah
Women's Player of the Year: Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry
Europa League Player of the Season: Diego Godín, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet