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UEFA announces Player of the Year shortlist

UEFA announces Player of the Year shortlist
The file pictures show Real Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Manchester City's midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and Real Madrid's forward Karim Benzema (from left to right). PHOTO AFP

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Real Madrid pair Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne were on Friday shortlisted for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.

The European body of European football said that a jury made up of journalists and representatives of clubs playing in European competitions voted for the trio from a list of 15.

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski was fourth on the ballot and just missed out. The award will be presented on August 25 during the draw for the Champions League group stage. Real won the Spanish Liga and the Champions League. Benzema was named Champions League Player of the Season after scoring 15 goals.

Courtois was spectacular as Real edged Liverpool 1-0 in the final and was named player of the match. De Bruyne made the shortlist for the third straight year after inspiring City to the Premier League title.

UEFA also announced the three nominees for coach of the year.

They are Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti, Man City's Josep Guardiola and the man they had to beat to win their biggest titles last season: Liverpool's Juergen Klopp.