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Jorginho, N'Golo Kante and Kevin De Bruyne are set to battle it out for UEFA's main solo prize

Jorginho, Kevin De Bruyne and N’Golo Kante beat Lionel Messi as Europe’s three top stars in line to win UEFA Player of the Year… with Thomas Tuchel battling Pep Guardiola for the coaching prize

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By  DANNY GALLAGHER

The final shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year has been revealed, with Chelsea and

Manchester City dominating proceedings.

Both Champions League finalists boast players which make up the final three places for the prestigious award, with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Kevin De Bruyne set to battle it out for the honour.

The three midfielders have been given the nod ahead of Lionel Messi and each received more votes, despite the 34-year-old’s sublime final season with Barcelona and his triumphs with the Argentina national team.

The final three players were determined by a voting jury comprising 24 coaches of the teams that participated in this summer’s Euros, along with 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of last season’s Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48).

In addition, 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group were also permitted to cast their vote on the subject, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.

Voters selected their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one.

As part of the rules coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

A full run-down of the players was released by the football body, with the rest of the top 10 revealed.

The players who missed out, in placed order were: Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe, Raheem Sterling, Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland.

UEFA announced both their men’s and women’s shortlist on Thursday, with Emma Hayes going up for the Coach of the Year award.

For the men’s Coach of the Year, both Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola will do battle for the big honour, along with Italy’s Euro 2020 winning manager Roberto Mancini.

As is now customary, UEFA also named the nominees for their individual playing positions for the past season.

The Goalkeeper of the Year award will be contested between Thibaut Courtois, Ederson and Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea and City once again dominate the defenders category, with Cesar Azpilicueta battling against team-mate Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Dias.

The Midfielder of the Year award is naturally a straight replica of the main Player of the Year running, with De Bruyne, Jorginho and Kante again facing off.

Jorginho enjoyed a trophy-laden year with the Champions League, Euro 2020 and Super Cup

The three midfielders have been given the nod ahead of new PSG star Lionel Messi (R)

Bayern Munich’s goalscoring machine Robert Lewandowski is the clear favourite for the striker’s award, with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe also in the running.

A specific award will also focus on last season’s Europa League campaign, to reward the player who performed best in UEFA’s second tier European competition.

After Manchester United surged to the final and met Villarreal in Gdansk, both sides naturally boast players in the final three.

Striker Edinson Cavani has been voted in alongside Bruno Fernandes, with Spanish striker Gerard Moreno making up the final place.

Thomas Tuchel (R) and Pep Guardiola (L) will do battle for the Men's Coach of the Year award

The City and Chelsea managers are joined by Italy boss Roberto Mancini after their Euro 2020 win

UEFA’S END OF SEASON AWARDS

Men’s Player of the Year: De Bruyne, Jorginho, Kante

Women’s Player of the Year: Hermoso, Martens, Putellas

Men’s Coach of the Year: Guardiola, Mancini, Tuchel

Women’s Coach of the Year: Cortés, Gerhardsson, Hayes

Goalkeeper of the Season: Courtois, Ederson, Mendy

Defender of the Season: Azpilicueta, Rúben Dias, Rüdiger

Midfielder of the Season: De Bruyne, Jorginho, Kante

Forward of the Season: Haaland, Lewandowski, Mbappé

Women’s Goalkeeper of the Season: Berger, Endler, Paños

Women’s Defender of the Season: Eriksson, Mapi Léon, Paredes

Women’s Midfielder of the Season: Bonmatí, Ji, Putellas

Women’s Forward of the Season: Graham Hansen, Hermoso, Martens

Europa League Player of the Season: Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Gerard Moreno

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