Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Gianluigi Buffon of Paris Saint-Germain are among nominees for various categories of the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League award.
The names of the nominees were announced on the UEFA Champions League Twitter handle on Thursday.
Other players who were shortlisted are Liverpool new signing Alisson Becker, Real Madrid stars, Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Raphael Varane, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City.
The four categories that will be contested for by the nominees include Goalkeeper of the Season, Defender of the Season, Midfielder of the Season and Forward of the Season.
For the Goalkeeper of the Season category, Alisson, Buffon and Navas will slug it out and Varane, Marcelo and Ramos will do battle for the category of Defender of the Season.
For the Midfielder of the Season, the trio of Modric, De Bruyne and Kroos will go head-to-head while Ronaldo, Messi and Salah will faceoff in the Forward of the Season category.
The winners will be announced at the UEFA Champions League draw on August 30.