Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ronaldo, Messi, Buffon shortlisted for UEFA Player of the year award

Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

The trio were initially part of a 10 man nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

The award presentation will take place at the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August.

The final shortlisting of just three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

The UEFA's Men's Player of the Year Award recognises the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season.

Players are judged on their performances in all competitions – domestic, continental and international.

The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

The other players who made up the rest of the top ten were:
4: Luka Modrić (Croatia, Real Madrid) 
5: Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
6: Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus)
7: Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
8: Kylian Mbappé (France, Monaco)
9: Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern München)
10: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden, Manchester United)

Messi and Ronaldo have both won the award twice previously – Messi in 2010/11 and 2014/15, and Ronaldo in 2013/14 and 2015/2016.

Other players who have won this accolade are Andrés Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona) in 2011/12 Franck Ribéry (France, Bayern München) in 2012/13.

The UEFA Men's Player of the Year award also complements four new positional UEFA Champions League awards, which will crown the best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward of the 2016/17 Champions League season. These awards will also be presented during the group stage draw on 24 August.

BUFFON, RONALDO AND MESSI 2016/2017 STATS

Lionel Messi:

Honours:
Copa del Rey

Domestic league:
Appearances: 34
Goals: 37
Assists: 9

UEFA Champions League
Appearances: 9
Goals: 11
Assists: 2

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Honours:
UEFA Champions League Spanish Liga
FIFA Club World Cup

Domestic league
Appearances: 29
Goals: 25
Assists: 6

UEFA Champions League
Appearances: 13
Goals: 12
Assists: 6

Gigi Buffon:

Honours:
Serie A
Coppa Italia

Domestic league
Appearances: 30
Clean sheets: 13

UEFA Champions League
Appearances: 12
Clean sheets: 9

Source: uefa.com

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