Lionel Messi made it to the three-man shortlist announced on Thursday for the UEFA award as Europe’s best player last season.

world Cupfrom the winning captain Argentinawho left Europe to play inter miamiis against Manchester City teammates Kevin De Bruyne And erling holland, Messi won the UEFA award twice in its 12-year history, both years barcelona Was European champion. man city won Champions League Last season’s title.

Lionel Messi scored his ninth goal in six matches

Lionel Messi scored his ninth goal in six matches as Inter Miami beat Philadelphia in the League Cup semi-finals

Pep Guardiola is favorite for the men’s coaching award after leading Man City to the Champions League Premier League And FA Cup Topic. Simone Inzaghi was also nominated. inter Milanwho led his team to the Champions League final, and Luciano Spalletti, who led napoli for the Italian league title.

The winners will be announced at the Champions League draw in Monaco on 31 August.

The shortlist for the women’s player and coaching awards will be announced next week women’s world cupUEFA said. England will face spain in the final in Australia on Sunday.

kilian mbappéMessi’s former teammates Paris Saint GermainAt last year’s World Cup, the player was sixth in voting by Europe-based coaches and journalists, despite scoring a tournament-leading eight goals, including three goals in the final against Argentina.

The Man City midfielder ranked above Mbappe was ilke gundogan And rodriWhose goal decided the Champions League final.

was the only inter player to get votes Marcelo Brozovic Eighth place. Croatia The midfielder has since moved on to the Saudi League.

Cristiano Ronaldo And neymarOthers who have moved to Saudi Arabia did not receive any votes from the UEFA panel, consisting of coaches from clubs playing in the group stages of three European competitions.

Roberto De Zerbi was fourth in the coaching vote despite his brighton The team is not playing in European competition. Brighton will debut in the next month Europa League After finishing sixth in the Premier League.

Frank Heise, who led Lens David Moyes of the second place in the French league, and the Europa League conference champion West Ham were among 10 Coaches Who Got Few Votes,

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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