20th August, 2018
The final three contenders for the 2017/2018 European Player of the Year award have finally been revealed. And as suspected by many before now, Lionel Messi’s name is missing on that list this time around. A very unusual situation for many but very realistic in a way.
At the end of a voting session carried out 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, the names of the three players were the nominated ones.
Cristiano Ronaldo is more or less the “defending champion” among the three and is really the one to beat if you ask me.
He has won the Champions League for the third season in a row with Real Madrid plus the fact that the Portugal star, now at Juventus, finished as top scorer in the competition for the sixth year running.
His team mate, Modric comes quite close too as he won those Champions League titles together with Ronaldo at Real Madrid and not only inspired his country to a second place finish at the recently concluded 2018 World Cup Competition in Russia, but also won the Golden Ball Award.
The third nominee, Salah is a Champions League runner-up with Liverpool F.C. He was able to score a total of 44 goals across all competitions in a remarkable first season at the Anfield.
The final winner of the title will be announced at the draw for the Champions League group stage on August 30.