Real Madrid dom­i­nate nom­i­na­tions for awards

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Six Real Madrid play­ers have made UEFA’s short­list for the best foot­ballers in each po­si­tional cat­e­gory who played in the Cham­pi­ons League last sea­son, the sport’s Eu­ro­pean gov­ern­ing body said yes­ter­day.

Span­ish cham­pi­ons Real, who won Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion for the se­cond year in a row, were awarded half the to­tal slots on the short­list.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, who was the tour­na­ment’s top scorer last sea­son, was named among the three best for­wards of the 2016-17 cam­paign along­side his Barcelona ri­val Lionel Messi and Ju­ven­tus’s Ar­gentina in­ter­na­tional striker Paulo Dy­bala.

The best mid­fielder is sure to be from Real with their trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Mo­dric the only names short­listed for the po­si­tion.

Real full-back Marcelo and cen­tre-back Ser­gio Ramos have been named in the best de­fender cat­e­gory along­side Ju­ven­tus’s Leonardo Bonucci, who has since moved to AC Mi­lan.

Goal­keeper is the only cat­e­gory where Real do not have a sin­gle con­tender, with Ju­ven­tus stop­per Gian­luigi Buf­fon, Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Manuel Neuer and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak in con­tention.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at the 2017/18 UEFA Cham­pi­ons League group stage draw on Aug 24 along with the Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year hon­ours, the nom­i­nees for which will be an­nounced on Aug 15.

UEFA will an­nounce the Europa League Player of the Sea­son award on Au­gust 25 with all three nom­i­nees — striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and mid­field­ers Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan and Paul Pogba - cho­sen from last year’s win­ning Manch­ester United team. Reuters

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