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Salah, Ronaldo and Messi on UEFA Champions League awards’ shortlist

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Liverpool ’ s Mohamed Salah joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on UEFA ’ s shortlist for the best forwards who played in its Champions League last season , UEFA announced on Thursday .. 
Ronaldo , who won the award last year , topped the goalscoring charts with 15 goals in the competition as Real Madrid won a third consecutive European crown .

Egypt ’ s Salah led Liverpool ’ s remarkable run to the final with 10 goals and four assists , while FC Barcelona ’ s Messi netted six goals .

The best defender is sure to be from Real Madrid with their trio of Marcelo , Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane the only names shortlisted for the award .

Real Madrid ’ s duo of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will compete with Manchester City’ s Kevin De Bruyne for the midfielder award .

New Liverpool signing Alisson ’ s performances for AS Roma earned him a place on the goalkeeper shortlist .

He will compete for the honour with Real Madrid ’ s Costa Rica international Keylor Navas and Italian Gianluigi Buffon , who completed a switch from Juventus to Paris St Germain ( PSG) last month .

The winners will be announced during the 2018 – 19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Aug . 30 .

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The nominees were selected by a jury of 32 coaches from last year ’ s UEFA Champions League participants and 55 journalists chosen by the European Sports Media group .

( Reuters / NAN )

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