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UEFA Player of the Year shortlist: Messi & Ronaldo out, Lewandowski in

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Robert Lewandowski heads the three-man shortlist for UEFA’s Player of the year, with Ronaldo and Messi out.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are out of the final shortlist for UEFA’s Player of the Year in the men’s edition for the first time in a decade.

Three-time winner Ronaldo, who has also been nominated nine times, had a prolific campaign for Juventus with 37 goals in all competitions.

But the Portuguese star scored just four goals in the Champions League itself and couldn’t prevent Juventus from crashing out at the last-16 stage to Lyon.

Joining Ronaldo off the list is two-time winner Messi, who has made the final shortlist in six of the last 10 seasons.

UEFA has instead nominated Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne, and Manuel Neuer in the three-player shortlist for the Men’s Player of the Year award.

Lewandowski is the favorite for the accolade, having managed 15 goals and six assists to help Bayern Munich win the Champions League last season.

Lucy Bronze, meanwhile, heads the Women’s Player of the Year award shortlist. The Manchester City full-back’s competition will be Pernille Harder and Wendie Renard.

Hansi Flick’s fairytale start to life as Bayern manager, on the other hand, continues with a nomination for UEFA’s Coach of the Year. Julian Nagelsmann and Jurgen Klopp join him to complete a German washout.

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