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Cristiano Ronaldo makes UEFA Player Of The Year shortlist

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Also included in the short list are Gigi Buffon and Lionel Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo won this award last year when it was known as the “Best Player In Europe” award. Now he’s on the short list to win it again, under its new name “UEFA Player Of The Year”. It recognizes the best player playing for UEFA clubs, and takes into account club, continental, and international competition.

Here’s how it works.

"The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016-17 Champions League and Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations," according to UEFA's guidelines. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.

- Source: Goal.com

It’s hard not to see that Ronaldo will most likely pick up this award. just judging by the double, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Ronaldo wasn’t the only Real Madrid player up for the award; Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos were part of the top 10, with Luka coming in fourth, just missing the cut.