The contenders to be UEFA’s Player of the Year

The contenders for this season’s UEFA Player of the Year have been announced, ahead of the presentation ceremony at the Champions League Group Stage draw on Friday. This year’s nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo, Gianluigi Buffon and Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo is aiming for his fourth victory in this award, while Messi is also aiming for his fourth. Meanwhile, Gianluigi Buffon has won this award once, back in 2002/03 following Juventus’ run to the Champions League final.

Let’s have a look at the contenders and how they’ve managed to get themselves nominated.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Honours:             UEFA Champions League, La Liga, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup

Domestic League

Appearances:    29

Goals:   25

Assists: 6

UEFA Champions League

Appearances:    13

Goals:   12

Assists: 6

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Gianluigi Buffon

Honours:             Serie A, Coppa Italia

Domestic League

Appearances:    30

Clean Sheets:    13

UEFA Champions League

Appearances:    12

Clean Sheets:    9

Lionel Messi

Honours:             Copa del Rey

Domestic League

Appearances:    34

Goals:   37

Assists: 9

UEFA Champions League

Appearances:    9

Goals:   11

Assists: 2

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