Mo Salah, Ronaldo & Modric on UEFA player of the year shortlist

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Mohamed Salah won the golden boot award last season after scoring 32 Premier League goals for Liverpool and also steered the Reds to the Champions League final in Kiev losing to Real Madrid.

It will be pertinent to mention here that Salah spread the magic at UEFA Champions League this year with carrying Liverpool into the finals but getting off the field due to injury in finals.

Antoine Griezmann, world champion with France in Russia-2018, was behind Messi in the vote to join the select group.

The stars are judged on their displays in all competitions, at domestic, continental and global level.

In 2012, Andres Iniesta won the prize weeks after helping Spain to a second straight European title although Barcelona was eliminated in the Champions League semifinals.

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.

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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.

The victor will be announced on August 30 in an official UEFA ceremony, which will also involve a draw for the group stages.

The vote does not always reward a Champions League victor.

Varane is on an all-Madrid defenders list with Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, and the goalkeeper candidates are Alisson, Gianluigi Buffon and Keylor Navas.

The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, on Monday announced the names of the three nominees shortlisted for the 2017/18 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Awards.

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