Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland of Manchester City, along with Lionel Messi, are two of the three finalists for the men’s UEFA player of the year award, which was announced on Thursday.
The three got the most votes from the jury, which was made up of coaches of UEFA clubs, people in charge of European national teams, and a few writers.
The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw on August 31 in Monaco.
Last season, Haaland scored the most goals in the Champions League with 12, and De Bruyne, who had the most helpers with seven, was a big reason why City won the prize for the first time.
Messi moved from Paris Saint-Germain to Inter Miami this summer. In 2022, Messi won the World Cup with Argentina, giving him the last big prize he was missing.
Pep Guardiola is one of the candidates for coach of the year because he helped City win the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League last season.
He is joined by two Italian coaches: Simone Inzaghi, who led Inter Milan to the Champions League final, and Luciano Spalletti, who gave Napoli its first Serie A title in 33 years.