Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has been overlooked but Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo were shortlisted for the UEFA Player of The Year award.

Luka Modric joins Salah and Ronaldo as the three-man shortlisted for the 2017-18 UEFA Men's Player of the Year.

Messi, who’s Barcelona side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League to Roma in the quarterfinal, could not secure points ahead of the trio.

Ronaldo won a fifth Champions League with Real Madrid and a third consecutive trophy. He also finished top scorer in the competition for a sixth season running.

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Salah scored an amazing 44 goals in his debut season at Liverpool, leading the side to the final of the Champions League.

For Modric, he enjoyed a fantastic season, winning the Champions League alongside Ronaldo, as well as finishing runner up at the World Cup and claiming the Golden Ball.

The award recognises the top players featuring for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season.

The stars are judged on their displays in all competitions, at domestic, continental and international level.

The shortlist was announced on Monday afternoon and the winner will be revealed during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 30 August.

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