UEFA Men's Player shortlist of the year published

UEFA Men's Player shortlist of the year published

The shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award was released on Thursday. Former Barcelona and current PSG star Lionel Messi did not make the list of the top three in Europe.

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG's No. 10 Neymar Jr. are also not on that list. The three on the list are Chelsea's Angolo Conte, Jorgenho and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.

UEFA is the 'Union of European Football Associations'. The company awards the best players and coaches in Europe every year. Despite winning the Copa America, the biggest tournament in South America, Messi did not do well last season in Europe.

UEFA Men's Player of the Year nominees

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium): Runner-up for this award 12 months ago, the Belgian picked up where he left off as he inspired City to the Premier League title and through to the Champions League final where a facial injury forced him off.

Jorginho (Chelsea & Italy): Became only the tenth player to win a European Cup and a EURO in the same year, starting every EURO 2020 game for Italy having missed just one in the Blues' run to Champions League glory.

N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea & France): Finished the Champions League season like a train, with Player of the Match performances in both legs of Chelsea's semi-final win against Real Madrid and then the final against City.

The rest of the top ten

4 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, now at Paris & Argentina) – 148 points
5 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern & Poland) – 140 points
6 Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan, now at Paris & Italy) – 49 points
7 Kylian Mbappé (Paris & France) – 31 points
8 Raheem Sterling (Man. City & England) – 18 points
9 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal) – 16 points
10 Erling Haaland (Dortmund & Norway) – 15 points