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UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominees: Kevin De Bruyne features alongside two Real Madrid stars

The top-three nominees for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year have been announced on Friday.

Jorginho is the current holder of the award after the Italian played key roles in Chelsea and Italy clinching the Champions League and European Championship last year.

Now though, the midfielder has not even made the top 15 after what was a very disappointing year for club and country.

Instead, the top three consists of Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Real Madrid and France striker, Karim Benzema.

The rest of the top 15 players are as follows:

4 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern, now Barcelona & Poland) – 54 points

5 Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia) – 52 points

7 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 46 points

8 Kylian Mbappé (Paris & France) – 25 points

9 Vinícius Junior (Real Madrid & Brazil) – 21 points

10 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 19 points

11 Bernardo Silva (Manchester City & Portugal) – 7 points

12 Filip Kostić (Eintracht Frankfurt & Serbia) – 7 points

13 Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma & Italy) – 5 points

14 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool & England) – 2 points

15 Fabinho (Liverpool & Brazil) – 1 point

How the voting works

An initial shortlist of 15 players was selected by UEFA’s technical study group.

The top three nominees were voted by a jury comprising the following:

• The clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League • A group of journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM)

Jury members chose their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

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