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Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk nominated for UEFA award

One of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Virgil van Dijk will be named UEFA Men's Player of the Year after making the three-man shortlist.

The winner will be announced - alongside the UEFA Women's Player of the Year - during the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, August 29.

Van Dijk is up for the award following a fine time of late with Liverpool, playing an influential role as they won the Champions League before going on to win the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

The 28-year-old imposing centre-back also reached the UEFA Nations League final with Holland earlier in the summer, where they were beaten by Portugal.

Messi, meanwhile, finished top goalscorer in the Champions League and picked up the European Golden Shoe, as well as claiming his 10th La Liga title with Barcelona.

Barcelona's Champions League run was ended by Van Dijk's Liverpool in the most incredible of circumstances.

Messi spearheaded Barcelona to a 3-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp, scoring twice including a stunning free-kick.

But Liverpool overturned the deficit with a stunning 4-0 triumph at Anfield.

Ronaldo made the shortlist after claiming his first Serie A title with Juventus following his £100m move from Real Madrid before leading Portugal to Nations League glory, where he was named top scorer at the finals.

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