Messi Misses Out As UEFA Reveal Three Nominees For Player Of The Year

Messi Misses Out As UEFA Reveal Three Nominees For Player Of The Year

Mo Salah has been nominated for the UEFA men's player of the year award, but there is no place on the shortlist for Lionel Messi.

The Liverpool forward is joined on the list by World Cup finalist Luka Modric and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, both of whom were part of Real Madrid's Champions League final victory in May.

Salah, who is the first Premier League player to make the three-man shortlist since the award's inception after the 2010/11 season, is also the first African to be nominated.

The Egyptian had a stellar debut season on Merseyside, scoring 44 goals on his way to capturing the Premier League Golden Boot and PFA player of the year award.

His season ended in disappointment after a challenge from Sergio Ramos forced him off early in the Champions League final, with the injury keeping him out of the opening game of Egypt's unsuccessful World Cup campaign.


Luka Modrič was an inspirational figure for Croatia during this summer's World Cup, guiding them to an unlikely final berth and winning the tournament's golden ball in the process.

The midfielder has been the subject of transfer speculation recently, with Inter Milan said to be interested in his services.

One player who did make the move from the Bernabeu to Serie A this summer is fellow nominee Cristiano Ronaldo, winner of the last two UEFA player of the year awards.

Ronaldo had a mixed campaign by his own high standards last term, despite finishing top of the Champions League scoring charts with 15 goals.

His frosty relationship with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez came to a head this summer, with the Portuguese moving to Juventus in a €100 million transfer.


There are some noticeable absentees from the nomination list, with Lionel Messi the obvious name.

The Argentinian led Barcelona to La Liga and Copa Del Rey successes in the 2017/18 season, although his club's Champions League quarter-final collapse against Roma likely played on the minds of voters here.

Messi has twice won the award, while he finished runner-up to Ronaldo last season.

Other players who could consider themselves unfortunate not to have made the list include World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, with their lack of success in the Champions League again possibly a factor.

The winner of the award will be announced on August 30th during the draw for the Champions League group stages in Monaco.

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Gary Connaughton

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