Modric, Cristiano and Salah lead Uefa player of year nominees

Luka Modric Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah

Instead, three-time victor Cristiano Ronaldo was joined Monday by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah on a shortlist selected by Champions League coaches and invited journalists across Europe.

Messi has twice won the award, while he finished runner-up to Ronaldo last season.

UEFA has today announced the names of the nominees shortlisted for the 2017/18 UEFA Men's and Women's Player of the Year Awards. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

Croatia star Modric then went on to claim the Golden Ball at the World Cup after inspiring his nation to the final, where they lost to France.

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The victor will be announced August 30, as the group of 80 European coaches and 55 journalists that determines the award tries to nail down the hard question: Who's the best player in Europe?

Ronaldo, who has won the award on three occasions (2014, 2016 and 2017) and Modric have been selected after winning a third Champions League title in three years while Salah, who was on the losing side in Kiev, makes the shortlist after helping Liverpool to a first final since 2007. Messi was fifth in this year's voting, UEFA said Monday.

Griezmann is on a three-player list to be named the best Europa League player last season, after scoring twice in Atletico's 3-0 win over Marseille in the final.

VfL Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyonnais forward Ada Hegerberg and defensive midfielder Amandine Henry were short-listed for the women's award.

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