UEFA has announced the top three nominees for the UEFA player of the year for the 2021-2022 season, MySportDab reports.
Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois, and Kevin De Bruyne are all the three players who will get to fight for the award this time.
Robert Lewandowski didn’t cut as he was able to finish fourth following Bayern Munich’s failure to go far in the UEFA Champions League.
The governing body of European football announced early today that a winner would be picked out of the three football stars.
Karim Benzema stands a better chance of winning the award following his impressive performance throughout the 2021-22 season.
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Complete Nominees List And Vote Earned
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern, now Barcelona & Poland) – 54 points
Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia) – 52 points
Sadio Mané (Liverpool, now Bayern & Senegal) – 51 points
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 46 points
Kylian Mbappé (Paris & France) – 25 points
Vinícius Junior (Real Madrid & Brazil) – 21 points
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 19 points
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City & Portugal) – 7 points
Filip Kostić (Eintracht Frankfurt & Serbia) – 7 points
Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma & Italy) – 5 points
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool & England) – 2 points
Fabinho (Liverpool & Brazil) – 1 point
Award Date And Time
The UEFA Awards for player of the year is expected to occur the same day as the 2022-23 Champions League draws for the group stages.
Following the top three names confirmed early today, voting will commence, and a winner will get to be picked for the award.
The UEFA Champions League will be hosted alongside the awards in Istanbul on Thursday, 25 August.
The fight is between three players who performed so well throughout the tournament, and they all helped their team progress, with two getting to win the title.
Karim Bezema, likely the favorite to win will go up against his teammate Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne.
How Was The Top 3 Voted
The top 15 players who made the initial list of nominees were placed in the race by UEFA’s technical study group.
They were voted for by a jury which includes many sections in the football and media until a final three were made.
All participants of the UEFA Champions League, Europa, and Conference League,e voted, respectively.
Some selected groups of journalists had the opportunity of also voting for who they saw fit enough for the top 3.
Club coaches who made votes were not allowed to pick a player from their team as that would jeopardize the whole process.