Messi Misses Out As UEFA Reveal Nominees For Player Of The Year

Mohamed Salah

GETTY Liverpool star Mohamed Salah could win the overall prize later this month

Modric and Ronaldo sharing a team could make it hard to evaluate their La Liga play, while Salah's World Cup struggles may be outweighed by his dominant appearance in the Premier League.

His season ended in disappointment after a challenge from Sergio Ramos forced him off early in the Champions League final, with the injury keeping him out of the opening game of Egypt's unsuccessful World Cup campaign.

While Messi has been ignored, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo were shortlisted for the top UEFA award.

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Ronaldo, who won the award last season, helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and finished as the competition's top scorer with 15 goals.

The shortlist is selected by Champions League coaches and invited journalists from across Europe, and Messi's two previous wins only came after Barcelona's Champions League titles in 2011 and 2015.

Croatia star, Modric played in the 2018 World Cup having defeated by France.

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Meanwhile, Egyptian star Salah scored 10 times as Liverpool made it to the Champions League final, before losing 3-1 to Real in Kiev.

Modrić was even awarded with the Golden Ball in recognition for his performances at the World Cup, a trophy last has previously been one by the likes of Lionel Messi, Ronaldo Nazário and the late Johan Cruyff.

The victor will be announced August 30 at the 2018-19 Champions League group stage draw. Ronaldo's assist record was far worst though, with just fife in La Liga and three in the Champions League, although the Portuguese forward would often lead the attack for Madrid.

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Salah won last season's England's Players' Player of the Year Award and the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year Award.

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