Revealed: Top Contenders for 2022/23 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award

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In an eagerly anticipated announcement, UEFA has unveiled the three outstanding nominees vying for the prestigious 2022/23 UEFA Men's Player of the Year award. These exceptional athletes have left an indelible mark on the footballing world during the past season, and their names have been etched onto the shortlist that promises to ignite conversations and debates across the globe.

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The Pinnacle of Recognition: UEFA's Top Three Nominees

  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium & Manchester City)
  2. Erling Haaland (Norway & Manchester City)
  3. Lionel Messi (Argentina & Paris, now at Inter Miami)

As anticipation reaches a crescendo, UEFA has officially disclosed the names of the leading contenders for the highly coveted 2022/23 UEFA Men's Player of the Year award. This elite trio of football talents has captured the imagination of fans and experts alike, setting the stage for a thrilling announcement that will unfold at the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled to grace the distinguished Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on the 31st of August, offering a fitting backdrop for this significant recognition.

Selection Process Unveiled: How the Shortlist Emerged

The process of distilling the extensive talent pool into this triumvirate of brilliance involves a meticulous evaluation. The initial shortlist was meticulously curated by the UEFA technical study group. This curation rested on an exhaustive assessment of players' performances throughout the 2022/23 season, encompassing both club and national team competitions. This diverse array of challenges provided a comprehensive canvas upon which football luminaries showcased their skills.

Jury's Verdict: Coaches and Journalists Shape the Outcome

Following the shortlisting, the mantle of selection was passed on to a distinguished panel. This panel comprised the coaches of clubs participating in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Europa Conference League. In addition to these coaching luminaries, the coaches of UEFA member associations' men's national teams also contributed to the verdict. An esteemed group of journalists, curated by the European Sports Media (ESM), joined the deliberations.

Points Allocated: A Deliberate Evaluation Process

With precision and scrutiny, coaches and journalists wielded their influence by allocating points to the nominated players. This intricate evaluation assigned five points, three points, and one point to their top three picks, respectively. The culmination of this meticulous process emerged as the players amassed votes from across the footballing spectrum. A noteworthy stipulation was that coaches were barred from voting for players within their own team.

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Acknowledging the Rest: Notable Mention for Other Contenders

While the spotlight shines on the top three, it's crucial to recognize the extraordinary prowess of players who captured the admiration of the panel.

4 İlkay Gündoğan (Germany & Manchester City, now at Barcelona) – 129 points
5 Rodri (Spain & Manchester City) – 110 points
6 Kylian Mbappé (France & Paris) – 82 points
7 Luka Modrić (Croatia & Real Madrid) – 33 points
8 Marcelo Brozović (Croatia & Inter, now at Al Nassr) – 20 points
9 Declan Rice (England & West Ham, now at Arsenal) – 14 points
10 Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina & Brighton, now at Liverpool) – 12 points
11 Jesús Navas (Spain & Sevilla) – 6 points

They stand as formidable football forces, garnering votes and acclaim in their own right.

On the Horizon: UEFA Women's Player and Coach of the Year Nominations

As the excitement lingers from this unveiling, UEFA's dedication to honoring excellence continues. The forthcoming week promises to unveil the nominees for the UEFA Women's Player and Coach of the Year awards. This successive reveal is bound to keep football enthusiasts at the edge of their seats, engaging in a celebration of both skill and strategy across the world of women's football.