Buffon joins Messi & Ronaldo on UEFA men’s player of the year shortlist

UEFA has named Gianluigi Buffon as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The candidates shortlist was made by a jury of 80 coaches and 55 journalists.

Buffon, 39, was a key member of the Juventus side that reached last season’s Champions League final, but he missed out on a first winner’s medal as the Italians were beaten 4-1 by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff.

Ronaldo, who had won the award twice, stands alongside three of his Real teammates in the top-10 shortlist, with Luka Modric at fourth, Toni Kroos at fifth and Sergio Ramos at seventh.

The shortlist was decided by the 80 coaches of the clubs that played in the Champions League and Europa League group stages, as well as 55 journalists.

The players who make up the rest of the top 10 are:

  1. Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus, sixth)
  2. Kylian Mbappe (France, Monaco, eighth)
  3. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich, ninth)
  4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United, tenth)

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