- Robert Lewandowski is now on course to winning a major award this year
- The German striker makes the three-man shortlist for the UEFA player of the year award
- Lewandowski was instrumental as Bayern Munich won the Champions League at the concluded season
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Robert Lewandowski has been named among the three men shortlisted for the prestigious UEFA men’s player of the year award.
Regular names Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo miss out of the coveted prize this year having won it twice and three times respectively.
The Argentine finished in fourth place, while Ronaldo appeared in 10th position, UEFA confirmed on Wednesday.
The winner of this season’s award will succeed Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk who won it during the 2019/2020 season after helping the Reds to Champions League glory.
"The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48), along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each of UEFA's member associations," UEFA explained.
"Jury members chose their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team."
Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer from 2019/20 Champions League winners Bayern Munich, and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne make up the shortlist for this year’s award.
The nominees for the UEFA Men's Coach of the Year were also revealed, namely: Hansi Flick, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann.
In the same vein, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were 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.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in 19 consecutive top-flight league seasons after he found the back of the net in the Italia Serie A on Sunday, September 21 against Sampdoria.
The 35-year-old who was denied on several occasions eventually fired home his side’s third goal of the game after Dejan Kulusevski and Leonardo Bonucci had taken the game beyond the visitors.
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