Barcelona Fans Can't Believe Lionel Messi UEFA Player Of The Year Snub

21 August, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Mohamed Salah and Alisson

Ronaldo and Modric lifted the Champions League trophy for the third season in a row with Real Madrid, while Salah helped Liverpool to the final for the first time since 2007.

Three France players were in the top 10: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid was fourth, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain was sixth and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid was eighth.

The trio were the last three standing following a vote by a jury comprising the coaches of the 80 clubs from last season's Champions League and Europa League, as well as 55 journalists representing UEFA's member associations.

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

"Players are judged on their performances in all competitions - domestic, continental and worldwide", UEFA said in a statement. Modric's standout performance comes from his success with Real Madrid, but more importantly for guiding Croatia to the World Cup final.

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The victor of the men's and women's prizes will be announced at the draw for the Champions League group stage on August 30.

The award, which rivals the Ballon d'Or is run by UEFA and perhaps there in lies the reason for Ronaldo's preference over Messi. He has also won the award on three occasions compared to Messi's two. 34 of his goals came in 36 appearances in La Liga whilst he netted six times in ten Champions League matches, whilst contributing 18 assists from those 45 matches.

What all eye-balls have been waiting for is actually out, yes, of course, we are talking about the much-hyped nominations for this years UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

VfL Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyonnais forward Ada Hegerberg and defensive midfielder Amandine Henry were short-listed for the women's award.

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