Modric, Ronaldo and Salah final UEFA Player of the Year nominees

Mohamed Salah

GETTY Liverpool star Mohamed Salah could win the overall prize later this month

Mohamed Salah is now the first African player and first Premier League player to make the top three of the award since it was first handed out in 2010-11.

Salah won last season's England's Players' Player of the Year Award and the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year Award.

The nominees for the women's award are France's Amandine Henry and Norway's Ada Hegerberg, who both won the Champions League with Lyon, and Denmark's Pernille Harder, who lost in the final with Wolfsburg.

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in the summer won the Champions League with Real Madrid, his third in the last four years, but was his all round performance for club and country better than the diminutive Argentinians?

It will be pertinent to mention here that Salah spread the magic at UEFA Champions League this year with carrying Liverpool into the finals but getting off the field due to injury in finals.

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Similar to the aforementioned Ronaldo, the 32-year-old midfielder also made in excess of 40 appearances last season as Real Madrid went on to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Luka Modrič was an inspirational figure for Croatia during this summer's World Cup, guiding them to an unlikely final berth and winning the tournament's golden ball in the process. 34 of his goals came in 36 appearances in La Liga whilst he netted six times in ten Champions League matches, whilst contributing 18 assists from those 45 matches.

The shortlist was chosen by votes cast by the 80 coaches who took part in European competition last season and 55 sports journalists, with the victor to be announced at the Champions League 2018-19 draw in Nyon.

Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos complete the top 10.

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