No Messi or Ronaldo among nominees for Champions League positional awards
The Argentine and Portuguese superstars are missing in the action of the shortlist after heavy ends to their time in the competition last season
Seven Bayern Munich players have made the cut for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League standings shortlists – but there is no room for a nomination for either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo among them.
But there is a place for Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes under a three-man squad while running for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Year.
Hansi Flick’s side stormed to a first European title in seven years with a 100 per cent winning record – the first time such a feature has ever been achieved in the history of the competition – and won its second continental double in history with success against Paris Saint -Germain secured. to Lisbon.
It is no surprise then to see that they make up more than half of the nominated players for the top awards of the tournament, with the Bundesliga side excluding the trio of defensive nods in their entirety, while taking two in midfield and a piece under the goalkeepers. an no vir.
However, Barcelona man Messi – who was recently the subject of a bitter public debate over his future at the club before confirming his goal to stay with the team – and Juventus star Ronaldo all missed after both clubs underperformed in the quarter-finals and round of 16.
Robert Lewandowski is being rewarded for his superior season as possibly the best striker in Europe, while veteran striker midfielder Thomas Muller and Liverpool-bound Thiago Alcantara are close behind him, joined by Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Meanwhile, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich are all vying for the highest defensive honors, while Manuel Neuer hopes to claim his title as the best goalkeeper of last season’s competition, alongside Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
Runner-up PSG make up the three remaining nominees, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both running against Lewandowski while Keylor Navas is selected between the posts.
None of last year’s winners – Messi, Liverpool duo Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk, and then Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong – made the cut.
Meanwhile, Portuguese star Fernades has been selected for the top prize under the man he followed at Man Utd, Inter’s Romelu Lukaku, as well as the then Sevilla star Ever Banega, now at Al-Shabab.
The jury’s make-up consisted of all the coaches of the 32 clubs that made up the Champions League group stage last season, as well as 55 journalists representing each UEFA member association.
Jury members selected their top three players in each position, with the combined highest trio making up the eventual shortlist.