Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah goes up against regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on UEFA’s shortlist for the best forwards in last season’s Champions League.
Ronaldo, who won the award last year, topped the scoring charts with 15 goals in the competition as Real Madrid won a third consecutive European crown.
Egypt’s Salah led Liverpool’s remarkable run to the final with 10 goals and four assists, while Barcelona talisman Messi netted six goals before the Catalans fell to Roma in the last eight.
The best defender is sure to be from Real with their trio of Marcelo, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos the only names short-listed for the award.
Real duo Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will compete with Manchester City’s playmaker Kevin de Bruyne for the midfielder award.
New Liverpool signing Alisson’s performances for Italians AS Roma earned him a place on the goalkeeper shortlist where he will vie for the top honour with Real Madrid’s Costa Rica international Keylor Navas and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, who completed a switch from Juventus to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
The winners will be announced during the 2018-19 Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Aug. 30, where the Uefa Player of the Year will also be announced.