Messi snubbed in three-man shortlist for player of the year

Luka Modric Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah

Modric and Ronaldo - who has taken the honour in the last two years - won the Champions League for the third season in a row with Real Madrid last term, with the Portugal star, now at Juventus, finishing as top scorer in the competition for the sixth year running.

For his part, Mohamed Salah led Liverpool to the Champions League title and Egypt to the World Cup, and his performance with both teams was decisive in those results. 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.

Antoine Griezmann, world champion with France in Russia-2018, was behind Messi in the vote to join the select group.

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

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

Luka Modric helped his nation reach the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation where he won the Golden ball award.

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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.

In 2012, Andres Iniesta won the prize weeks after helping Spain to a second straight European title although Barcelona was eliminated in the Champions League semifinals.

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

The top three recipients of votes for the 2017-18 UEFA Men's Player of the Year award should surprise exactly no one.

UEFA will also announce the women's player of the year from a shortlist of Pernille Harder (Denmark and Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway and Lyon), and Amandine Henry (France and Lyon).

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