Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah will battle it out for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.
Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid this summer, scored 15 goals in 13 Champions League appearances as Los Blancos were crowned winners, beating Salah’s Liverpool in the final. Ronaldo also netted 26 goals in 27 La Liga appearances and scored twice in two of the Club World Cup games.
Although the Egypt international was injured in the final, he was vital to the Reds’ run to the final, netting 11 goals in 15 appearances.
The Egyptian star is the first Premier League player to make the top three of the awards since it was first handed out in 2010-11 while he is also the first African player to do so.
Modric did not grab as many headlines in Europe’s premier club competition, but he was vital to Real’s performance in the final, pulling the strings as Real won 3-1.
The winner will be announced during the Champions League group stage draw on August 30.
The remaining top 10 has already been decided, with Antoine Griezmann narrowly missing out on the top three. Lionel Messi – a two-time winner of the award, finished fifth, while Paris Saint-Germain wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe came in sixth.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is seventh, with Real’s Raphael Varane eighth and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard ninth. Sergio Ramos, Salah’s supposed rival and Modric’s team-mate, rounds out the top 10.
Previous winners of the award, which was introduced in 2010-11, are Messi, Andres Iniesta, Franck Ribery and Ronaldo. The Portuguese has won the award for the last two seasons, and a record three times in total having never failed to finish inside the top three positions.
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