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Van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo in contention for UEFA Player of the Year award

Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, and Virgil Van Dijk have been shortlisted for UEFA Player of the Year award. While Ronaldo appeared in the final three since the award was created in 2011, this is Van Dijk’s first appearance after helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season. Messi was the leading scorer in La Liga (36 goals) and Champions League (12 goals) last season while Ronaldo scored 21 goals for Juventus.