UEFA reveals three nominees for 2018 Men's Player of the Year Awards

Cristiano Ronaldo Salah and Luka Modric

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.

Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric and have been short-listed for the UEFA Player of the Year award, the sport's European governing body said on Monday.

The trio were the last three standing following a vote by a jury comprising the coaches of the 80 clubs from last season's Champions League and Europa League, as well as 55 journalists representing UEFA's member associations.

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

It will be pertinent to mention here that Salah spread the magic at UEFA Champions League this year with carrying Liverpool into the finals but getting off the field due to injury in finals.

The former Real Madrid star will face serious competition for the award from Croatia global Luka Modric and Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah.

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I don't think its right that City have dragged up interviews with Jose and De Bruyne, obviously that was a mistake. This was not our intention - it was filming last season.

The Barcelona star came second to Ronaldo past year but also failed to make the final three-man shortlist in 2016.

Ronaldo, now with Juventus, won the Champions League with Real Madrid, scoring 15 goals in the competition to add to his 27 in La Liga.

His frosty relationship with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez came to a head this summer, with the Portuguese moving to Juventus in a €100 million transfer. And the thing which can't be taken away from the headlines is Lionel Messi misses out from the worthy nominations.

The Portugal forward is the current holder of the award having won it three times in the past four seasons.

The victor will be announced on August 30 in an official UEFA ceremony, which will also involve a draw for the group stages.

Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos complete the top 10.

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