Mo Salah named on three-man shortlist for UEFA Player of the Year

Dean Simpson
August 21, 2018

Lionel Messi has been snubbed from the UEFA best player three-man shortlist.

For Modric, he enjoyed a fantastic season, winning the Champions League alongside Ronaldo, as well as finishing runner-up at the World Cup and claiming the Golden Ball. And Salah stood out for Liverpool at the Champions Cup. Coaches could not vote for players on their own team.

The stars are judged on their displays in all competitions, at domestic, continental and global level.

Croatia star, Modric played in the 2018 World Cup having defeated by France.

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. Mbappe was named best young player in Russian Federation.

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m in July, won the male award in 2017, while Dutch midfielder Lieke Martens won the women's honour shortly after leaving Swedish club Rosengard for Barcelona.

The vote does not always reward a Champions League victor. Ronaldo was also instrumental in the Champions League, finding the back of the net 15 times in 13 appearances as Los Blancos went on to lift a third consecutive title.

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

Salah won last season's England's Players' Player of the Year Award and the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year Award. The award will be presented on August 31 at the draw for the group stage of the Europa League.

The three players who received the most points overall from this voting procedure, in alphabetical order, are: Pernille Harder (Denmark - VfL Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway - Olympique Lyonnais), Amandine Henry (France - Olympique Lyonnais).

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