UEFA announced on Thursday the names of the three players competing for the UEFA Player of the Year award. N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho of Chelsea, and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City are the finalists who aspire to succeed Robert Lewandowski.
Jorginho is the great favorite after a season in which he won the Champions League with his club and the European Championship with his national team, having an outstanding participation in both tournaments. You can’t ask a player for more. Kanté was another key player at Chelsea and was in fact named player of the match in the Champions League final. The elimination of France in the round of 16 of the European Championship may be their worst ally. And as for De Bruyne, he has been at the highest level for years and one more season he was one of Manchester City’s best players. A year ago he was named the best midfielder in the world. The fractures he suffered in the Champions League final marked him during the European Championship.
In addition to meeting the best male player of the year, we will also find out who the UEFA Player of the Year is, an award that this year will be Barça. The three players who received the most votes and are competing for the award are Jenni Hermoso, Lieke Martens and Alexia Putellas, FC Barcelona players who won the first Champions League in their history.
As for the UEFA Europa League, the award for the best Player of the Season will be awarded. The three nominees are Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandez who were runners-up with Manchester United, and Gerard Moreno, champion with Villareal and who scored 7 goals and distributed 5 assists in 12 games.
In the section of best coach of the year, in men’s soccer the three applicants are Guardiola, Mancini and Tuchel, and in women’s soccer Cortés, Gerhardsson and Hayes.
The other prizes to be awarded, both in the men’s and women’s categories, will be goalkeeper of the season, defender of the season, midfielder of the season and forward of the season.
On August 26, we will know who will be the winners of each prize in the ceremony of the draw for the group stage of the Champions League.