Messi nominated for the 2018/19 UEFA Men's Player of the Year
- He will battle for this award against Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.
- Messi scored 12 UCL goals last season, twice as much than the Portuguese.
- The Argentinean is also shortlisted for FIFA The Best and 2018/19 UCL Player of the Season awards.
UEFA reveal the list of the nominees for the 2018/19 UEFA Men's Player of the Year. No wonder Lionel Messi is one of the contenders. Here is a full three-man list:
The winner of the award will be announced on August 29, during the Champions League Group Stage Draw.
Cristiano Ronaldo sensationally makes the list even though his Juventus crashed out in the quarter-finals. Last season, he scored six Champions League goals. Curiously, the Champions League winner Mohamed Salah is suddenly omitted despite having scored five UCL goals. There are no Tottenham players either even though Spurs were last term's UCL beaten finalists.
Leo Messi, meanwhile, was the 2018/2019 Champions League leading scorer with 12 goals. Moreover, his goal against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals was named the UCL Goal of the Season.