Barcelona FC star Lionel Messi, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7) and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon have been shortlisted for the 2016/17 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award, with the winner to be named during the group stage draw on August 24.
CR7 will be the big favourite for the title after yet another remarkable campaign for the Spanish giants. The 32-year-old shone in some crucial matches for his team, helping them to glory in La Liga and the Champions League title. Ronaldo netted twice in the final, as Madrid earned a 4-1 win over Juventus and their 12th European Cup in the process.
Similarly, veteran goalkeeper Buffon has great options after excelling between the sticks as Juventus marched into the final.
Domestically, Buffon was as consistent as ever as the Bianconeri won their sixth Serie A title in a row, as well as the Coppa Italia.
Messi, even though he could only win the Copa del Rey with FC Barcelona, played an excellent season that finished as La Liga's top scorer, netting 37 times for the Catalan outfit.
The players who make up the rest of the top ten are: Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (France, Monaco), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United).
Likewise, among the women were finalists Pernille Harder, Dzsenifer Marozsan and Lieke Martens.
Similarly, candidate as Best Goalkeeper of the Year Award are Buffon(Italy, Juventus), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich) and Jan Oblak (Atletico of Madrid), while as defenders are Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, Juventus / AC Milan), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid) and Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid.
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