UEFA Announce Shortlist For 2016/17 UCL Positional Awards
UEFA Announce Shortlist For 2016/17 Champions League Positional Awards
UEFA have announced a shortlist of 12 players who will be up for the top goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward of the 2016/17 Champions League awards.
Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see which stars were shortlisted for the goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward of the 2016/17 Champions League awards.
Spanish giants Real Madrid dominate the awards, with six of the 12 players nominated coming from the current UCL champions.
Los Blancos became the first team in the Champions League era to retain the trophy when they beat Serie A giants Juventus 4-1 in the final.
"The accolades were introduced to recognise the top goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward in Europe's premier club competition each season," a statement from UEFA's official website read.
"They will be presented alongside the annual UEFA Men's Player of the Year and UEFA Women's Player of the Year awards during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on 24 August."
Here are the shortlisted players, according to UEFA:
Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UCL season contenders: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid).
Defender of the 2016/17 UCL season contenders: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, now AC Milan), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
Midfielder of the 2016/17 UCL season contenders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid).
Forward of the 2016/17 UCL season contenders: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).
55 journalists and the 32 club coaches who were part of last season's competition were on the selection panel. However, the coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.
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