Messi and Ter Stegen, nominated for the 18-19 Champions AwardsAugust 9, 2019
Argentine striker Leo Messi and the German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, both of Barcelona, are the only nominated representatives of Spanish football to the prizes by position of the 2018-2019 Champions League.
Rosario's will fight for the trophy 'Best Forward' next to portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), winner of the prize last year, and Senegalese Sadio Mané (Liverpool), while Moenchengladbach's will have the Brazilian Alisson becker (Liverpool) and French Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) as rivals for that of 'Best Goalkeeper'.
On the other hand, English Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) and the Dutch Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax / Juventus) and Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) will qualify for the prize 'Best Defense'while the dutch Jong Frenkie (Ajax / FC Barcelona), the Danish Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) and English Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) will do it for 'Best Midfielder'.
Last season, Real Madrid copied the awards with Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, but this time, after his bad year, he has not had any candidates and only the Andalusian central has been voted among the ten best defenses (5 points).
Nationally, the defense of Barcelona Gerard Piqué was the one who scored the most points, with 14, while his teammate Sergio Busquets accumulated 10 and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, two. The Slovenian goalkeeper of Atlético de Madrid, Jan Oblak, was the fourth most voted (34).
The jury was composed of the coaches of 32 clubs of the group stage of the last Champions, together with 55 journalists chosen by the European Sports Media (ESM) group representing each of the UEFA member federations.
UEFA clarified that the coaches they could not vote for any player of their own team and that each juror chose their three best players per position, giving five points to the first, three to the second and one to the third.
On the other hand, the continental organization also revealed that the French forward Olivier Giroud, Chelsea, Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard, from Chelsea and transferred this summer to Real Madrid, and the Serbian striker Luka Jovic, Eintracht and signed for this season also by the Madrid team, will be the candidates for the 'Best Player' in the Europa League2018-2019.
Among the candidates for this award was also the Chelsea Spanish striker Pedro Rodríguez, who was the ninth most votedwhile the young Portuguese Joao Félix, signed by Atlético from Benfica, finished seventh.
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