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Without Messi or Cristiano, the nominees for UEFA’s best player of the year 2021-22




Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne compete for the award that will be presented during the 2022-23 Champions League group stage draw. In addition, the list of technicians.


The UEFA unveiled the nominees al best player of the year 2021-22but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do not appear, not even in the Top-15 of the vote. Those who will fight for the award are the French Karim Benzema and the Belgians Thibaut Courtois y Kevin De Bruyne.

The winner will be named, along with the coach of the yearduring the ceremony of 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage draw What will be celebrated in istanbulthe Thursday August 25.

Benzema brought to Real Madrid to a record 14th European title, and the fifth since joining from Lyon in 2009. His final tally of 15 goals earned him top spot in the standings.

Courtoismeanwhile, won the Spanish League with Real Madridwas the man of the match in the Champions League final after making several impressive saves against Liverpool in Paris, especially Sadio Mané y Mohamed Salah.

While De Bruyne is in the top three for the third consecutive season. He was named Player of the Year for the Premier League after inspiring Manchester City to get another national title, the fourth in his seven seasons at the club.

The UEFA list for the best player of the year 2021-22

  • 4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Poland) – 54 points
  • 5. Luka Modrić (Real Madrid and Croatia) – 52 points
  • 6. Sadio Mané (Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Senegal) – 51 points
  • 7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool y Egipto) – 46 puntos
  • 8. Kylian Mbappé (PSG and France) – 25 points
  • 9. Vinícius Junior (Real Madrid and Brazil) – 21 points
  • 10. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool and Netherlands) – 19 points
  • 11. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City and Portugal) – 7 points
  • 12. Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt and Serbia) – 7 points
  • 13. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome and Italy) – 5 puntos
  • 14. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool and England) – 2 points
  • 15. Fabinho (Liverpool and Brazil) – 1 points

The UEFA finalists for the best coach of the year 2021-22: Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp

UEFA Coach of the Year 2021–22
  • Ancelottiin its second stage in Real Madridled the team to the conquest of the Spanish league and of the Champions Leaguebeing the first coach to win the top continental competition for the fourth time.
  • Guardiola got her fourth Premier League title in his last five seasons in charge of Manchester City.
  • Klopp ended up winning with Liverpool the FA Cup and the League Cup in Englandwhile it was runner-up from Premier League and of the Champions Leaguebeing very close to the dream of winning the four titles.

How the UEFA election works

The technical study group UEFA selected one initial 15-player roster for its performance at local and international level. The top three nominees were voted on by a jury made up of the following:

  • Los clubs who participated in the group stage of the Champions Leaguethe Europa League and the Europa Conference League 2021/22.
  • A group of journalists selected by European Sports Media (ESM).

The members of the jury chose their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three, and the third. Coaches could not vote for players from their own team.

Photos: @UEFA

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