Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been left off the final shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for first time in 10 years, with Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski set to battle it out for the individual prize.
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Ronaldo, who currently plays for Juventus, has picked up the award on three occasions and also has a total of nine nominations to his name.
Barcelona superstar Messi has won it two times and made the final shortlist in six of the last 10 seasons.
Virgil van Dijk won the award in 2019 after helping Liverpool win the champions league for the sixth time in their history,
The Bayern striker is now in line to win the coveted Player of the Year award alongside Manchester City’s De Bruyne and Allianz Arena team-mate Manuel Neuer, who recorded a clean sheet in the final victory over Paris Saint-Germain on August 23.
UEFA have also announced the final nominees for the Women’s Player of the Year award and Men’s Coach of the Year, with Lucy Bronze, Pernille Harder and Wendie Renard shortlisted for the former, and Jurgen Klopp, Hansi Flick and Julian Nagelsmann in contention for the latter.