NYON: Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2016-17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year prize.
The award will be presented at the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday, August 24.
The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016-17 Champions League and Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media group*, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.
The 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.
1: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)
2: Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)
3: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)
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)