UEFA men's Player of the Year final shortlist revealed

Jorginho, Kevin De Bruyne and N’Golo Kante beat Lionel Messi as Europe’s three best players in line to win UEFA Player of the Year… with Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola up for the coaching prize

  • The final shortlist for the UEFA Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year is now out 
  • Champions League finalists Chelsea and Man City dominate the standings 
  • Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Kevin De Bruyne are set to battle it out for the prize
  • Lionel Messi has been overlooked despite a sublime season with Barcelona 

The final shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year has been revealed, with Chelsea and Manchester City dominating proceedings.

Both Champions League finalists boast players which make up the three places for the prestigious award, with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Kevin De Bruyne set to battle it out for the honour.

The three midfielders have been given the nod ahead of Lionel Messi, despite his sublime final season with Barcelona and his triumphs with the Argentina national team.

Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Kevin De Bruyne are set to battle it out for UEFA’s main solo prize

The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising 24 coaches of the teams which participated in this summer’s UEFA EURO 2020, along with 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of last season’s Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48).

In addition, 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group were also permitted to cast their vote on the subject, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.

A full run-down of the players was released by the football body, with the rest of the top 10 revealed.

The players who missed out, in placed order were: Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe, Raheem Sterling, Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland. 

UEFA announced both their men’s and women’s shortlist on Thursday, with Emma Hayes going up for the Coach of the Year award.




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