The European governing body of football, UEFA has announced the positional awards shortlist for the top goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward at the just ended UEFA Champions League.
The shortlist will see four players awarded based on the positions and the performances displayed in last season’s UEFA Champions League when the group stage draw is held in Nyon come 24th August, 2017.
A three man shortlist has been released by UEFA for the positional accolade with defending champions, Real Madrid accounting for six of them. The midfield comprises of the trio from Real Madrid comprising of Casemiro, Kroos and Modrić
The full shortlisted players based on positions are;
Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season contenders:
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern München)
Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)
Defender of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season contenders:
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, now AC Milan)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Midfielder of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season contenders:
Casemiro (Real Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Forward of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season contenders:
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
UEFA also announced how the players were shortlisted indicating that all the 32 clubs that participated in the group stage had their coaches voting but was not allowed to vote for their own teams.
The jury was composed of the coaches of the 32 clubs in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.
Jury members selected their top three players per position, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. The three players who received the most points in each category made up the final shortlist.
They also indicated that the UEFA Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year was also voted that same day and will have its finalist announced on 15th August, 2017.
These awards complement the UEFA Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year prizes, the finalists for which will be announced on 15 August.