Thursday August 15 2019
Ronaldo up for UEFA award

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is up for UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award with Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk.

Ronaldo is recognised for his six-goal haul in the Champions League last season, memorably firing Juve into the quarter-finals with a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid.

He is joined on the podium by long-time rival Messi and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, who helped the Reds win the competition and is aiming to become the first-ever defender to receive the accolade.

The No 7 has been Player of the Year three times in its current guise – the most since the award was rebranded in 2011.

Luka Modric’s successor will be named on August 29 at a ceremony in Montecarlo.

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