UEFA announced the list of nominees for best player awards by position of the Champions League 2017-2018. Which highlights the presence of representatives of Real Madrid . With seven of the twelve finalists, a single player azulgrana (the Argentine Lionel Messi) and the absence of the Brazilian from Neymar.
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The white club has the leading role in a relationship that includes three players per position to have Keylor Navas. Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo (now in Juventus).
On the other hand. Argentine FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi is the only Barça player to claim the prize in a list. That does not include Brazilian PSG striker Neymar.
The list is completed by goalkeepers Alisson Becker (AS Roma, now with Liverpool FC) and Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, now with PSG). Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City FC) and striker Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC).
The jury of the prizes for the best goalkeeper, defense, midfielder and striker was made up of coaches from the 32 clubs that participated in the group stage of the Champions League. Together with 55 journalists from each of the 55 member federations of the UEFA and chosen by the European Sport Media (ESM) group.
The coaches could not vote for players from their own club and both they and the journalists were asked to create a list of three players for each category, assigning them five, three and one point for each of them. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by coaches and journalists.
These prizes will be awarded during the draw for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League 2018/19 to be held in Monaco on August 30.
Godín and Griezmann, candidates for MVP of the Europa League
UEFA also announced today the shortlist for the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award. In which the three finalists will be Diego Godín and Antoine Griezmann (both of Atlético de Madrid) and Dimitri Payer (Olympique of Marseille).
In this case, the jury was made up of the coaches of the 48 clubs that participated in the Europa League with 55 journalists from the ESM group.
These awards complement the UEFA Player and Player of the Year awards. Which will also be revealed at the draw ceremony of the 2018/19 Champions League group stage.
The three nominees for the UEFA Player of the Year awards in the men’s and women’s category will be announced about two weeks before the awards ceremony.