UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: Messi, Ronaldo or Van Dijk top three shorlist

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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.

The winner will be named – along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League positional award winners – during the group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 29 August. The UEFA Europa League Player of the Season will be announced the following day.

For this award, players in Europe, irrespective of nationality, have been judged in regard to their performances over the whole season in all competitions – both domestically and internationally – at either club, or national team level.

The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48), along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each of UEFA’s member associations. Jury members chose their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

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The three-man shortlist

Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
The top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League and the European Golden Shoe winner picked up his tenth Liga title.

Achievements: Spanish Liga winner, Spanish Super Cup winner, Copa del Rey runner-up, UEFA Champions League top goalscorer, European Golden Shoe winner.

UEFA Champions League
Appearances: 10
Goals: 12
Assists: 3

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominee: Lionel Messi
Domestic league
Appearances: 34
Goals: 36
Assists: 15

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal)
The UEFA Nations League winner and top goalscorer at the finals also scooped his first Serie A title.

Achievements: UEFA Nations League winner, UEFA Nations League Finals top goalscorer, Serie A winner, Italian Super Cup winner, Ballon d’Or runner-up.

UEFA Champions League
Appearances: 9
Goals: 6
Assists: 2

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominee: Cristiano Ronaldo
Domestic league
Appearances: 31
Goals: 21
Assists: 8

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool and Netherland

The final man of the match for the UEFA Champions League winners also reached the UEFA Nations League showpiece.

Achievements: UEFA Champions League winner, UEFA Nations League runner-up, English Premier League runner-up, PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

UEFA Champions League
Appearances: 12
Goals: 2
Assists: 2

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominee: Virgil van Dijk
Domestic league
Appearances: 38
Goals: 4
Assists: 2

The rest of the top ten
Cristiano Ronaldo is up for the award
4 Alisson Becker (Liverpool & Brazil) – 57 points
5 Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal) – 51 points
6 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 49 points
7 Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) – 38 points
8 Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) – 27 points
8 Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points
10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 points

The other award shortlists
Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker, Hugo Lloris, Marc-André ter Stegen
Defender of the Season: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk
Midfielder of the Season: Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen, Jordan Henderson
Forward of the Season: Sadio Mané, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Women’s Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry
Europa League Player of the Season: Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard, Luka Jović

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