Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi missing in Champions League's positional awards final shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi missing in Champions League's positional awards final shortlist

- Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi will not have a chance to contend for this year's UEFA Champions - League awards

- Both stars failed to help their teams reach a much more lucrative stage of the competition

- Lewandowski, Neymar and Mbappe are the three finalists for this year's edition of the award

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are missing in the final shortlist of this year's UEFA Champions League positional awards coming up next month.

Both superstars failed to help their teams reach the advanced stage of the competition - as Juventus were dumped out on away goals rule by Ligue 1 side Lyon.

While Barcelona were humiliated out of the competition by eventual champions Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the competition.

This will be the first time the duo of Messi and Ronaldo will not be in the top three shortlists for the prestigious award.

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Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are the three finalists contending for the piece of silverware next month.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi missing in Champions League's positional awards final shortlist
Cristiano Ronaldo misses out of Champions League award final shortlist along with Lionel Messi - Getty Images
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The trio participated in the final of the competition last campaign but none of them gave a good account of themselves in the game.

Below is the positional award nominees for the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League

  • Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid)
  • Defenders: David Alaba (Bayern), Alphonso Davies (Bayern), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern)
  • Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Thomas Müller (Bayern), Thiago Alcántara (Bayern)
  • Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

Goalkeepers

4 Anthony Lopes (Lyon) – 46 points

5 Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – 28 points

6 Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) – 18 points

= Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) – 18 points

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8 Péter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig) – 15 points

9 Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus) – 10 points

10 Ederson (Manchester City) – 8 points

Defenders

4 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 79 points

5 Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) – 54 points

6 Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig) – 46 points

7 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – 35 points

8 Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) – 21 points

9 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 10 points

10 Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) – 8 points

Midfielders

4 Serge Gnabry (Bayern) – 46 points

5 Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) – 44 points

6 Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) – 40 points

7 Leon Goretzka (Bayern) – 39 points

8 Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – 22 points

9 Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain) – 20 points

10 Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) – 18 points

Forwards

4 Serge Gnabry (Bayern) – 46 points

5 Erling Braut Haaland (Salzburg/Dortmund) – 33 points

= Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 33 points

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7 Thomas Müller (Bayern) – 29 points

8 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 18 points

9 Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain) – 9 points

10 Sadio Mané (Liverpool) – 8 points

Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi's U-turn about not leaving Barcelona has had its significance on his personal earnings as the Argentine star would emerge the highest paid footballer on the planet ahead of the new season, Forbes claim.

The 33-year-old who almost ditched the Camp Nou this summer will be taking home a massive $126million beating rival Cristiano Ronaldo who would work home with $117m to second spot.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar retains his third spot with a $96m while future Ballon d'Or winner, Kylian Mbappe climbs to fourth with an expected take-home of $42m.

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