UEFA Beats Messi And Ronaldo
For Best Player Of The Year
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been excluded from the final list for the UEFA Player of the Year award for the first time in 10 years, with Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski set to battle it out for the individual award.
Ronaldo and Messi have stood out as the best players of their generation for more than a decade. The Portuguese, who currently plays for Italian Juventus, has a total of nine nominations and has won the award three times, while Barcelona superstar Messi has won it twice and has been a finalist in six of the last 10 seasons.
However, both stars have been ignored this year after a relatively modest season. Juventus exited the Champions League in the round of 16 last season after a surprise loss to Lyon, while Barça were humiliatingly eliminated in the round of 16 by eventual champions Bayern.
The best players for the gong this year include Bayern striker Lewandowski, who scored 15 goals in last season’s Champions League, Manchester City’s De Bruyne and Bayern’s Manuel Neuer, who scored a clean sheet in the win. final over Paris Saint-Germain on August 23.
Virgil van Dijk won the award in 2019 after helping Liverpool win the European Cup for the sixth time in their history, but this time he is not in the race due to the Reds’ defeat to Atlético de Madrid in the first phase. play off.
UEFA has also announced the final nominees for the Women’s Player of the Year and Men’s Coach of the Year awards, with Lucy Bronze, Pernille Harder and Wendie Renard shortlisted for the former and Jurgen Klopp, Hansi Flick and Julian Nagelsmann competing for the latter.