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Modric, Ronaldo and Salah final UEFA Player of the Year nominees

Modric, Ronaldo and Salah final UEFA Player of the Year nominees

The former Real Madrid star will face serious competition for the award from Croatia worldwide Luka Modric and Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah.

Instead, three-time victor Cristiano Ronaldo was joined Monday by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah on a shortlist selected by Champions League coaches and invited journalists across Europe.

The European Football Union (UEFA) has announced today the list of three players to choose the best player for the 2017-2018 season, and Argentina " s Lionel Messi is the big absentee.

The UEFA award for the best Europe-based player last season won't be won by a World Cup champion from France.

Similar to the aforementioned Ronaldo, the 32-year-old midfielder also made in excess of 40 appearances last season as Real Madrid went on to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy.




His former team-mate in Madrid, Modric, was a World Cup runner-up with Croatia and the victor of the FIFA Golden Ball.

UEFA Men's player of the Year Award isn't that far away from you; it's all set to be announced in Monaco on 30 August.

Salah is up against Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, who were part of the Real Madrid team that beat Liverpool in Kiev, for the prize.

The third shortlisted footballer for this year's award is Egyptian star Mohamed Salah. Modric won the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player in Russian Federation.

Other players who could consider themselves unfortunate not to have made the list include World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, with their lack of success in the Champions League again possibly a factor. Ronaldo had 15 goals in 13 UCL matches en route to a Real Madrid Champions Cup victory over Liverpool.

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