Messi, Ronaldo among nominees for UEFA Player of the Year Award
FC Barcelona's Argentinian forward Leo Messi greets their fans during the presentation of the team prior to the Joan Gamper trophy against Arsenal at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Aug. 4, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/Andreu Dalmau
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo (R) controls the ball in front of Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier during the International Champions Cup soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Aug. 10, 2019. EFE-EPA FILE/Erik Simander
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) and Chelsea's Pedro (R) in action during the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC in Istanbul, Turkey, Aug. 14, 2019. EFE-EPA/SEDAT SUNA
Ada Hegerberg of Lyon celebrates her goal during the women's soccer Champions League final match against FC Barcelona at Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary, May 18, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/Balazs Czagany HUNGARY OUT
Amandine Henry of France celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil during their round of 16 match at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 in Le Havre, France, June 23, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/SRDJAN SUKI
England's Lucy Bronze in action during the 2019 SHEBELIEVES CUP soccer match against Brazil at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, Feb. 27, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/TRACIE VAN AUKEN
Madrid, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Argentina forward Lionel Messi, Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk were nominated on Thursday for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award.
The winner will be announced in Monaco on Aug. 29 during the draw for the 2019-20 Champions League group stage.
Barcelona star Messi, who won the 2018/2019 LaLiga crown with the Catalan side, was the top goalscorer of Champions League last season with 12 goals.
Ronaldo won the top scorer trophy at the inaugural UEFA Nation League finals that Portugal won and helped Juventus win the Serie A title last season.
Additionally, Liverpool’s Van Dijk helped shore up his side’s defense as it finished a close second in the Premier League, and was last season’s Champions League winner and a Nations League finalist.
Last year's winner was Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.
Croatia defender won after a jury made of 80 coaches from clubs taking part in the Champions League and the Europa League, as well as 55 journalists from each of UEFA's 55 member associations, selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group voted for him.
Coaches could not vote for players of their own team.
The other seven players with high point total are as follows:
4. Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool) 57 points
5. Sadio Mané (Senegal / Liverpool) 51 points
6. Mohamed Salah (EGI / Liverpool) 49 points
7. Eden Hazard (Belgium / Chelsea-Real Madrid) 38 points
8. Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands / Ajax-Juventus) 27 points
8. Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands / Ajax-Barcelona) 27 points
10. Raheem Sterling (England / Manchester City) 12 points. EFE-EPA
Lyon dominates European women’s best player shortlist
Madrid, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Olympique Lyonnais Féminin dominated the three-player shortlist for the UEFA Women's Player of the Year award announced by the European soccer governing body Thursday.
Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry are the top three in the race to the 2019 award to be announced during the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League group stage draw scheduled for Aug. 29 in Monaco.
The 24-year-old Norwegian striker Hegerberg netted a hat-trick in the women’s CL final against Barcelona (4-1), helping Lyon to extend its reign in the continental competition for the fourth consecutive season, the club’s sixth success overall.
Hegerberg was the second best player last year behind winner Pernille Harder of Denmark, two years after winning the 2016 Best Women's Player in Europe ahead of her teammate Henry, who was the second twice.
For her part, the 29-year-old France midfielder Henry made a record fourth shortlist appearance this year, as she was the third in 2018, having been the second in 2015 as well.
England full-back Lucy Bronze, 27, made history in this year’s edition, becoming the first British player to make the award shortlist since it was first implemented following the 2012/2013 season.
UEFA said the winner would be announced based on the votes of a jury made of the coaches of the 12 highest-ranked European national teams, according to UEFA’s recent ranking, which include the nine European teams that have participated in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The jury will also include the coaches of the eight 2018/2019 CL quarterfinalists, as well as 20 journalists specializing in women's soccer who are to be selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.
Each member of the jury has made his top-three selection, giving five points to the first, three points to the second and a single point to the third.
Before announcing the shortlist, there was a primary list that included a total of 10 players, with a total of five players for Lyon.
The remainder of the list is as follows:
4. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal / Netherlands): 31 points.
5. Ellen White (Birmingham City-Manchester City / England): 22 points.
6. Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg / Denmark): 21 points.
7. Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon / Germany): 12 points.
8. Caroline Graham Hansen (Wolfsburg-Barcelona / Norway): 10 points.
9= Lieke Martens (Barcelona / Netherlands): 9 points.
9= Wendie Renard (Lyon / France): 9 points. EFE-EPA