UEFA Player of the Year Finalists Announced

The victor will be revealed during the draw of the group stage of the Champions League on August 29 in Monaco.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is one of three nominees for the 2018-19 UEFA Men's Player of the Year award. "I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row".

Barcelona's Messi, the top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League and the European Golden Shoe victor, lifted his 10th La Liga title.

The 34-year-old makes the argument that winning the Champions League with different teams puts him ahead of Messi in the argument of the best ever footballer.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo won the top scorer's trophy in the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals which Portugal won, besides helping Juventus win the Serie A title last season.

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Salah scored the decisive penalty as Liverpool were crowned UEFA Super Cup champions after defeating Chelsea on penalties on Wednesday night.

While Ronaldo, a three-time victor, has been ever-present in the final three since the award was created in 2011, Van Dijk makes his first appearance after helping Liverpool win the Champions League title last season.

Van Dijk scored 2 goals and assisted 2 in the UEFA Champions League.

For the men's award. the three nominees came after a judging panel of 80 coaches involved in European competitions a year ago alongside 55 journalists from each of the 55 federations which make up UEFA.

UEFA confirmed the names of the three finalists for the award that Real Madrid's Croatian player Luka Modric received a year ago.

  • Lawrence Cooper