Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo & Virgil Van Dijk Named Finalists For UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year Award
Juventus star Ronaldo, who has won the prize three times, has been nominated as a finalist every year since the honor was created in 2011. Messi has won the award twice, including last season after he finished as Barcelona’s leading scorer for both the Champions League (12 goals) and La Liga (36 goals). Barca lost to Liverpool 3-0 in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals in May.
Dutch defender Van Dijk, who plays for Liverpool, has already secured the Players’ Player of the Year award and the Premier League Player of the Season honor.
All three players were nominated by a jury of 80 coaches whose teams participated in last year’s Champions League, as well as by one reporter from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations.
Who would be your 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year? 🤔
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 15, 2019
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year – Best of the Rest:
4. 🇧🇷 Alisson Becker
5. 🇸🇳 Sadio Mane
6. 🇪🇬 Mo Salah
7. 🇧🇪 Eden Hazard
8. 🇳🇱 Matthijs de Ligt
9. 🇳🇱 Frenkie de Jong
10. 🏴 Raheem Sterling pic.twitter.com/kXdEOd4Jie
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) August 15, 2019
Ronaldo, a five-time Champions League winner, struggled in his debut with Juventus this past season. The Italian club fell to Ajax Amsterdam in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Nevertheless, he helped propel Juventus to its eighth Italian league title and compiled 21 goals.
The UEFA Player of the Year Award will be presented on Aug. 29 in Monaco at the Champions League group stage draw event.
The UEFA Men’s Player of the Year finalists 🙌 pic.twitter.com/kRTGkTtbji
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 15, 2019
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