Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ronaldo, Modric, Salah on UEFA player of the year shortlist

Ronaldo, Modric, Salah on UEFA player of the year shortlist

It is unsurprisingly going to be a close call once again between the three contenders, but as only one can be crowned as the victor, here's a run down of each candidate and why they should be in contention for the award.

Ronaldo won a fifth Champions League with Real Madrid and a third consecutive trophy.

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on April 21, 2018.

Ronaldo, now with Juventus, has won the UEFA award each time Madrid has been European champion since the vote was introduced in 2011. He also had 26 goals in 27 La Liga matches and four World Cup goals. Modric and Ronaldo sharing a team could make it hard to evaluate their La Liga play, while Salah's World Cup struggles may be outweighed by his dominant appearance in the Premier League.

For the men's award, the shortlist of three players was selected by a jury composed of 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stages of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

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Most impressively, however, was Modrić's performances at the World Cup. Modric won the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player in Russian Federation.

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The Norway global scored 15 goals in Lyon's Champions League winning campaign last season.

On top of that, Salah reached an incredible tally of 32 goals in the Premier League, something which was last matched by Alan Shearer back in the 1994/95 season. And Salah stood out for Liverpool at the Champions Cup. Although the Pharaohs failed to claim a sinlge point in Russian Federation, their 28-year wait for a spot in the biggest sporting event on the planet was ended thanks to the Liverpool forward.

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