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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