UEFA nominates Salah, Modric and Ronaldo for player of the year award

Kristopher Nichols
August 21, 2018

It is unsurprisingly going to be a close call once again between the three contenders, but as only one can be crowned as the victor, here's a run down of each candidate and why they should be in contention for the award.

Modric and Ronaldo - who has taken the honour in the last two years - won the Champions League for the third season in a row with Real Madrid last term, with the Portugal star, now at Juventus, finishing as top scorer in the competition for the sixth year running.

The 33-year-old averaged a goal a game last season, scoring 44 goals in as many appearances. 34 of his goals came in 36 appearances in La Liga whilst he netted six times in ten Champions League matches, whilst contributing 18 assists from those 45 matches.

The former Real Madrid star will face serious competition for the award from Croatia worldwide Luka Modric and Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah.

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

Now the Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo is a frequent victor of UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award and if he takes this honor home again, it will mark his hat-trick of doing so.

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Salah's success in his first campaign at Anfield also saw him named the PFA Player of the Year.

Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric (R) celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, 2018.

It will be pertinent to mention here that Salah spread the magic at UEFA Champions League this year with carrying Liverpool into the finals but getting off the field due to injury in finals.

On top of that, Salah reached an incredible tally of 32 goals in the Premier League, something which was last matched by Alan Shearer back in the 1994/95 season.

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on April 21, 2018.

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