Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Luka Modric nominated for UEFA award

Lynette Rowe
August 20, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo may have ditched life at Real Madrid this summer in favour of a move to Juventus, but it is the Portugal international's performances in Spain previous year which see him once again on the final shortlist.

Griezmann is on a three-player list to be named the best Europa League player last season, after scoring twice in Atletico's 3-0 win over Marseille in the final.

Ronaldo, now with Juventus, has won the UEFA award each time Madrid has been European champion since the vote was introduced in 2011.

At the World Cup in Russia, Griezmann won the Bronze Ball as the third-best player at the tournament, selected by a Federation Internationale de Football Association expert panel, plus the Silver Boot for second place in the scoring table.

Ronaldo also took centre stage at the World Cup this summer, scoring a hat-trick against Spain to rescue a point and also notching one goal against Morocco before Portugal were knocked out by Uruguay.

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For Modric, he enjoyed a fantastic season, winning the Champions League alongside Ronaldo, as well as finishing runner-up at the World Cup and claiming the Golden Ball.

Mo Salah has been nominated for the UEFA men's player of the year award, but there is no place on the shortlist for Lionel Messi.

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. And Salah stood out for Liverpool at the Champions Cup.

The shortlist was chosen by votes cast by the 80 coaches who took part in European competition last season and 55 sports journalists, with the victor to be announced at the Champions League 2018-19 draw in Nyon.

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