Ronaldo, Modric and Salah, nominated for UEFA Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah

The award - presented to the best player on a club in Europe - will be given to one of Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo who left Real Madrid for Juventus this summer, or Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Despite being a two-time victor and having an impressive season with Barcelona, there was seemingly no room for the Argentinian in the top three. Messi and Barca also won the Copa De Rey, so Messi would be well within his rights to be a bit miffed for his shortlist omission.

Lionel Messi has been snubbed in the three-man shortlist for UEFA player of the year.

Major Club Honours Last Season: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup. And Salah stood out for Liverpool at the Champions Cup. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

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"Players are judged on their performances in all competitions - domestic, continental and global", UEFA said in a statement.

The victor will be announced August 30, as the group of 80 European coaches and 55 journalists that determines the award tries to nail down the hard question: Who's the best player in Europe? Mbappe was named best young player in Russian Federation.

Croatia star Modric then went on to claim the Golden Ball at the World Cup after inspiring his nation to the final, where they lost to France.

Ronaldo had 15 goals in 13 UCL matches en route to a Real Madrid Champions Cup victory over Liverpool. 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.

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UEFA will also name the best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward in Monaco next week.

Uefa also revealed the nominees for team of the year, with Alisson Becker, Gianluigi Buffon and Keylor Navas between the sticks.

The European Football Union (UEFA) has announced today the list of three players to choose the best player for the 2017-2018 season, and Argentina " s Lionel Messi is the big absentee.

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The three players who received the most points overall from this voting procedure, in alphabetical order, are: Pernille Harder (Denmark - VfL Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway - Olympique Lyonnais), Amandine Henry (France - Olympique Lyonnais).

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