UEFA Champions League 2018– UEFA announced their final three man shortlist for the player of the season award with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohammed Salah making the cut. All three were picked by a jury comprising of the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48), along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations. Each member chose three players with the first getting five, the second four and the third three.\\
Liverpool attacker Mohammed Salah created history by making to the three man list of UEFA Champions League 2018. The prolific forward who enjoyed a cracker of a last season with his new club that saw him score over 40 goals became the first ever player from the Premier League and Africa to feature in the list of nominees. Juventus striker and the world’s best player Cristiano Ronaldo made the cut once again for his Champions League heroics that saw his old club Real Madrid lift their third consecutive Champions League title. One of the most mercurial, talented and all round midfielder in the world Luka Modric completes the list for his champions league and world cup heroics.
The three players who were nominated for the women player of the year in alphabetical order are Pernille Harder (Denmark – VfL Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway – Olympique Lyonnais), Amandine Henry (France – Olympique Lyonnais).
Voting for the awards is underway with the winner to be announced on August 27. The awards will be presented at the Champions League group stage draw ceremony that is set to take place on August 30 in a star-studded affair that will feature the who, who’s of world football.
The other award shortlists
Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker, Gianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas
Defender of the Season: Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane
Midfielder of the Season: Kevin De Bruyne, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić
Forward of the Season: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah
Women’s Player of the Year: Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry
Europa League Player of the Season: Diego Godín, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet
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