Modric, Cristiano and Salah lead Uefa player of year nominees


The three players who received the most points overall following the conclusion of the voting, in alphabetical order, are: Luka Modrić (Croatia - Real Madrid CF), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal - Real Madrid CF, now at Juventus), Mohamed Salah (Egypt - Liverpool FC).

Last season, Salah had 10 goals in 13 UCL caps and 32 goals in 36 Premier League appearances for Liverpool.

All three players competed in the Champions League final in Kiev, which saw Ronaldo and Modric both emerge victorious with Real.

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Modric was once again instrumental in steering Madrid to the Champions League crown for the fourth time in the past five years, and built on that display by winning the Golden Ball award at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Portuguese, who has three wins in total, is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011. He also won the Champions League title with Los Blancos.

The UEFA award for the best Europe-based player last season won't be won by a World Cup champion from France.

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Ronaldo had a mixed campaign by his own high standards last term, despite finishing top of the Champions League scoring charts with 15 goals.

The accolades will be presented at the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony, which will take place in Monaco on Thursday 30 August.

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