Messi, Ronaldo in race for UEFA Player of the Year Award

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The race for the UEFA Player of the Year has closed down to Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/ Juventus) and Virgil Van Dijk  (Netherlands / Liverpool FC).

The European governing body for football has named the nominees for the 2018-19 UEFA Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year Awards, to be presented at the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Monaco on Thursday, August 29.

Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk are in the shortlist of three players selected by a jury of 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stages of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations, selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, UEFA has stated in a report.

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The coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

The names of Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk released by the UEFA are prioritised in alphabetical order and do not indicate the merit on votes cast.

CLICK HERE for the list of the top ten candidates.

Lucy Bronze (England / Olympique Lyonnais), Ada HEGERBERG (Norway / Olympique Lyonnais) and Amandine Henry (France / Olympique Lyonnais) make the women  nominees list.

For the women’s award, the shortlist of three players was selected by a jury composed of the coaches of the 12 highest-ranked teams in the latest UEFA women’s national team rankings, which also comprised the nine European teams which took part in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup, together with the coaches of the eight clubs which participated in the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 UEFA Women’s Champions League. Twenty journalists specialising in women’s football and selected by the ESM group are also part of the jury.

Similarly to the men’s accolade, coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

The UEFA Player of the Year awards complement the four UEFA Champions League positional awards, which will crown the best Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder and Forward of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League season.

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