Mo Salah named on three-man shortlist for UEFA Player of the Year

Mo Salah named on three-man shortlist for UEFA Player of the Year

Ronaldo - who has won the award three times overall including in each of the past two seasons - was once again the Champions League's top scorer last season with 15 European goals in just 13 appearances.

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. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

Modrić was even awarded with the Golden Ball in recognition for his performances at the World Cup, a trophy last has previously been one by the likes of Lionel Messi, Ronaldo Nazário and the late Johan Cruyff. Mbappe was named best young player in Russian Federation. Modric won the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player in Russian Federation.

The award, which rivals the Ballon d'Or is run by UEFA and perhaps there in lies the reason for Ronaldo's preference over Messi. 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. 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.

The vote does not always reward a Champions League victor.

Real Madrid midfielder Modric, new Juventus striker Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Salah were chosen by a panel of 80 coaches and 55 journalists.

Varane is on an all-Madrid defenders list with Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, and the goalkeeper candidates are Alisson, Gianluigi Buffon and Keylor Navas.

The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, on Monday announced the names of the three nominees shortlisted for the 2017/18 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Awards. He is joined by Atletico teammate Diego Godin and Dimitri Payet of Marseille.

Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry have been shortlisted for the women's award.