UEFA, the highest governing body of European football, has announced the nominees for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League Player of the Year award. Players from Chelsea and Manchester City, who played in the final, have dominated the nomination process.
Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the list of the top three players to compete for the title along with UEFA. Ronaldo, who has been dominating the Champions League for the last decade and a half, could not even make it into the top 10. Juventus lost to Porto in the Round of 16 of the Champions League last season.
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, Erling Holland of Borussia Dortmund and Killian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are in the top three of the list of best forwards nominated by UEFA.
Then in the top 10 are Lionel Messi (76 points), Karim Benzema (70 points), Neymar (23 points), Kaihavertz (16 points), Rahim Sterling (16 points), Mason Mount (6 points) and Romelu Lukaku (6 points). The points of the top three players will be made public on the day the awards are announced.
There are two Chelsea players in the top three for the best midfielder. Along with Conte and Jorgenho, who won the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday alone, Kevin de Bruyne, who was injured in the Champions League final, is also in the list.