Uefa Player of the Year: Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo & Mohamed Salah shortlisted

Modric Ronaldo and Salah final UEFA Player of the Year nominees

Lionel Messi has been snubbed from the UEFA best player three-man shortlist.

For the men's award, the shortlist of three players was selected by a jury composed of 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stages of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

Perhaps most significantly for Salah last season was his ability to single-handedly guide Egypt to the World Cup. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

The stars are judged on their displays in all competitions, at domestic, continental and worldwide level. Modric won the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player in Russian Federation.

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The victor will be announced along with the Champions League group-stage draw on August 30. Mbappe was named best young player in Russian Federation.

His former team-mate in Madrid, Modric, was a World Cup runner-up with Croatia and the victor of the FIFA Golden Ball.

Ronaldo, now with Juventus, won the Champions League with Real Madrid, scoring 15 goals in the competition to add to his 27 in La Liga.

The vote does not always reward a Champions League victor.

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UEFA will also name the best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward in Monaco next week.

The European Football Union (UEFA) has announced today the list of three players to choose the best player for the 2017-2018 season, and Argentina " s Lionel Messi is the big absentee. The award will be presented on August 31 at the draw for the group stage of the Europa League.

Denmark striker Harder plays for Wolfsburg, while Norway forward Hegerberg and France defensive midfielder Henry are team-mates at Lyon.

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