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OFFICIAL: Messi, Ronaldo & Van Dijk shortlisted for 2018-19 UEFA Men’s POTY

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The UEFA Men’s Player of the Year shortlist has been published with Virgil van Dijk ready to battle Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the prestigious award.

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The winner will be named – along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League positional award winners – during the group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 29 August. The UEFA Europa League Player of the Season will be announced the following day.

The Liverpool star defender, Van Dijk, 28 years is the only EPL player shortlisted for the award after playing an influential role as they won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.

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He also assisted his team finish second place in the Premier League and reached the UEFA Nations League final with Holland earlier in the summer, where they were beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

Lionel Messi finished top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League and picked up the European Golden Shoe, as also won his 10th La Liga title with Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Serie A title with Juventus after his £100m move from Real Madrid, where he scored 28 goals in his first spell with the Italian Champions.

He also led Portugal to Nations League glory, where he was named top scorer at the finals.

The winner of the award will be declared during the Champions League draw on August 29.

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THE REST OF THE TOP 10 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

4) Alisson Becker (Liverpool & Brazil) – 57 points

5) Sadio Mane (Liverpool & Senegal) – 51 points

6) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 49 points

7) Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) – 38 points

8) Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) – 27 points

9) Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points

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10) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 points

What is the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award?

For this award, players in Europe, irrespective of nationality, have been judged in regard to their performances over the whole season in all competitions – both domestically and internationally – at either club, or national team level.

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How were the players shortlisted?

The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48), along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.

The UEFA Men’s Player of the Year shortlist has been published with Virgil van Dijk ready to battle Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the prestigious award.

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