With the 2020-21 season starting in practically all European countries, UEFA analyzed the atypical previous campaign and defined its shortlist for best European player of the year, with the surprise that it did not include Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
For the highest body of European football, the 37 goals that CR7 scored in the year and lifting the scudetto with Juventus was not enough, nor was Lionel Messi’s top scorer thanks to his 25 goals with FC Barcelona. UEFA chose for the shortlist Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City midfielder, Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski, goalkeeper and center forward of Champions League champion Bayern Munich.
It is the first time in 10 years that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Leo Messi are part of the shortlist for UEFA’s best player, as at least one of them used to appear.
The list of the three finalist players was selected by a jury made up of 80 coaches from the clubs that participated in the group stage of the Champions League and Europa League, as well as 55 journalists from each of the UEFA member clubs and associations. .