Messi, Haaland and De Bruyne shortlisted for UEFA player award

UEFA announced the Men's player of the year nominees on Thursday

European football governing body, UEFA, has announced the nomination of Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and Lionel Messi for the 2023 Men’s Player of the Year Award.

The nominees were unveiled via a statement on Thursday, August 17, 2023.

“UEFA has announced the names of the top three nominees for the 2022/23 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award,” the statement reads.

According to UEFA, its technical study group made the shortlist based on the performance of players in the 2022/23 season adding that performances for both club and country were considered.

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The group trimmed the nominees to three via the votes of a jury consisting of coaches of clubs that participated in the group stage of European club competitions last season.

National team coaches and selected journalists’ groups completed the jury.

Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne who made the fianal three were instrumental in an all-conquering Manchester City side that claimed a brilliant treble — English Premier League (EPL), FA Cup and UEFA Champions League titles.

Lionel Messi, on the other hand, won the World Cup with Argentina and made the list despite a poor season at Paris Saint-Germain.

Other players who received votes but did not make the three-man cut include İlkay Gündoğan, Rodri, Kylian Mbappé, Luka Modrić, Marcelo Brozović, Declan Rice, Alexis Mac Allister, and Jesús Navas.

In the coaches category, Manchester City’s gaffer Pep Guardiola and champions league finalist manager Simone Inzaghi of Inter Milan alongside Luciano Spalletti who led SSC Napoli to a historic Seria A title completed the three UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year.

The winner, according to UEFA will be announced at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, on Thursday, August 31.

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