Τhe players shortlisted for the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League positional awards

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UEFA has announced the names of the players shortlisted for the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League positional awards. The awards will honour the best Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder and Forward from the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League season, and will be presented during the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 30 August.
The jury comprised the coaches of the 32 clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, together with 55 journalists from each of UEFA’s member associations, and selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.
The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams. Both coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players in each category by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them.
The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists.
The three players who received the most points overall in each positional category, in alphabetical order, are (  The list of players voted for in each position can be accessed are here)    :
GOALKEEPERS: 
Alisson Becker (Brazil – AS Roma, now at Liverpool )
 Gianluigi Buffon (Italy – Juventus, now at Paris Saint-Germain)
 Keylor Navas (Costa Rica – Real Madrid )
Player rankings (4 to 10)
Goalkeepers
4 Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) – 47 points
5 Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, now Real Madrid) – 28 points
6 Ederson (Manchester City) – 26 points
7 Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 18 points
8 Jan Oblak (Atlético) – 16 points
9 David de Gea (Manchester United) – 7 points
10 Sven Ulreich (Bayern) – 5 points
DEFENDERS:
 Marcelo (Brazil – Real Madrid )
Sergio Ramos (Spain – Real Madrid )
 Raphaël Varane (France – Real Madrid )
4 Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) – 40 points
5 Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) – 37 points
6 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 24 points 
7 Diego Godín (Atlético) – 15 points
8 Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) – 14 points
9 Mats Hummels (Bayern) – 13 points
10 Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) – 10 points
MIDFIELDERS:
 Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium – Manchester City )
 Toni Kroos (Germany – Real Madrid )
 Luka Modrić (Croatia – Real Madrid )
4 Casemiro (Real Madrid) – 40 points
5 James Milner (Liverpool) – 18 points
6 Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona, now Vissel Kobe) – 16 points 
7 Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona) – 9 points
8= Isco (Real Madrid), Sadio Mané (Liverpool), Miralem Pjanić (Juventus), James Rodríguez (Bayern) – 6 points
FORWARDS: 
Lionel Messi (Argentina –  Barcelona)
 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal – Real Madrid , now at Juventus)
 Mohamed Salah (Egypt – Liverpool )
4 Kylian Mbappé (Paris) – 17 points
5= Edin Džeko (Roma), Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 15 points
7 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 13 points
8= Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético), Sadio Mané (Liverpool) – 12 points
Last season’s winners
Goalkeeper:Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Defender:Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Midfielder: Luka Modris (Real Madrid)
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

EUROPA LEAGUE
UEFA has also announced the shortlist for the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award, to be presented during the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage draw, which will also take place in Monaco on Friday 31 August.
The jury for this award was composed of the coaches of the 48 clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists from the ESM group. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams. Both coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists.
The three players who received the most points overall, in alphabetical order, are:
PLAYERS: 
Diego Godín (Uruguay –  Atlético de Madrid)
 Antoine Griezmann(France –  Atlético de Madrid)
 Dimitri Payet (France – Olympique de Marseille)
The list of players who were voted for this award can be accessed here: 
Player rankings (4 to 10)
4 Jan Oblak (Atlético) – 43 points
5 Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 26 points
 Aritz Aduriz (Athletic), Koke (Atlético) – 16 points
 Luiz Gustavo (Marseille), Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – 10 points
10 Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio) – 8 points
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