Cristiano Ronaldo Momenshamed Salah Luka Modric shortlisted for UEFA Mens Player of the Year Award

The winner will be announced Aug. , as the group of European coaches and journalists that determines the award tries to nail down the difficult question Whos the best player in Europe?

All three players have a real claim to the trophy. Some of the players that were in the top but were left off of the short list include Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

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The top three recipients of votes for the UEFA Mens Player of the Year award should surprise exactly no one. The award presented to the best player on a club in Europe will be given to one of Real Madrids Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo who left Real Madrid for Juventus this summer, or Liverpools Mohamed Salah.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Luka Modric shortlisted for UEFA Mens Player of the Year Award

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Its going to be a tight race, but there are interesting dynamics at play. Modric and Ronaldo sharing a team could make it difficult to evaluate their La Liga play, while Salahs World Cup struggles may be outweighed by his dominant appearance in the Premier League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Luka Modric shortlisted for UEFA Mens Player of the Year Award

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All three players have utterly dominated the sport on different stages. Modrics standout performance comes from his success with Real Madrid, but more importantly for guiding Croatia to the World Cup final. Modric won the Golden Ball as the World Cups best player in Russia. Ronaldo was dominant in La Liga, UEFA Champions Cup and World Cup play. And Salah stood out for Liverpool at the Champions Cup.

Last season, Salah had goals in UCL caps and goals in Premier League appearances for Liverpool. Ronaldo had goals in UCL matches en route to a Real Madrid Champions Cup victory over Liverpool. He also had goals in La Liga matches and four World Cup goals. Modric didnt score a ton of goals, but his presence on the pitch was felt at all times for both Real Madrid and Croatia.

The award will be presented Aug. in Monaco

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