Uefa Player of the Year: Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo & Mohamed Salah shortlisted

All three players competed in the Champions League final in Kiev, which saw Ronaldo and Modric both emerge victorious with Real.

Antoine Griezmann, world champion with France in Russia-2018, was behind Messi in the vote to join the select group.

Major Club Honours Last Season: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

The Portugal star is the current holder of the award having won it three times in the past four seasons.

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

The awards will be presented at this season's Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco on August 30. Modric won the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player in Russian Federation.

Luka Modrič was an inspirational figure for Croatia during this summer's World Cup, guiding them to an unlikely final berth and winning the tournament's golden ball in the process. Messi was fifth in this year's voting, UEFA said Monday.

Lionel Messi also won twice, after Barcelona's Champions League titles in 2011 and 2015.

The vote does not always reward a Champions League victor. 34 of his goals came in 36 appearances in La Liga whilst he netted six times in ten Champions League matches, whilst contributing 18 assists from those 45 matches.

Uefa also revealed the nominees for team of the year, with Alisson Becker, Gianluigi Buffon and Keylor Navas between the sticks.

Salah won last season's England's Players' Player of the Year Award and the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year Award.

UEFA will also announce the women's player of the year from a shortlist of Pernille Harder (Denmark and Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway and Lyon), and Amandine Henry (France and Lyon).