Mane battles Messi, Ronaldo for best CL forward award

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Uefa Reveal 2018/19 Champions League Awards Nominees

UEFA has today announced the names of the players shortlisted for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League positional awards.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor is also in the running for the FIFA Best Men's Player award, which will be announced in September.

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) served up some interesting stories last season, with Liverpool lifting the trophy at the end. Now, it is time the decision is made regarding who the best forward of the season is and a three-man shortlist has been prepared by the UEFA. The coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been selected for best defender award in last season's tournament following their outstanding performances.

World Cup victor Hugo Lloris and Barcelona's Marc Andre Ter Stegen are also in the running for the coveted goalkeeping accolade.

Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, now of Barcelona and Juventus respectively, completed the shortlist.

The two absolute legends of the game are joined by Liverpool forward Sadio Mane who was splendid in the Champions League.

UEFA has published the list of players voted for in each position here.

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is also included, while his adversary Lionel Messi is also nominated. However, the three nominees will only be announced two weeks ahead of the event.

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