Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer have made the shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the 2019-20 season.
In the previous season, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk won the honour, finishing ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, neither of them are on the shortlist this time around and it’s certain that whoever comes out on top will be a first-time winner.
Fresh off winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, De Bruyne is in the final three, along with two stars from Bayern Munich who led their side to a treble last season.
The Manchester City playmaker, produced a record-equalling 20 assists in the Premier League for City, adding 13 goals.
In Germany, Neuer missed only one game in their treble season and kept six Champions League clean sheets, while Lewandowski scored 55 goals in 47 appearances for Hansi Flick’s team.
The final order of the top three is yet to be disclosed, but UEFA however revealed the occupants from fourth place to tenth place.
Messi is joint fourth with Neymar, while Ronaldo is down in 10th spot.
The others who appeared in the top 10 were Thomas Muller (6th), Kylian Mbappe (7th), Thiago Alcantara (8th) and Joshua Kimmich (9th).
Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard and Pernille Harder are up for the Women’s Player of the Year accolade in the 2019-20 awards.
Bayern head coach Flick, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann are on the shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year.
The winners will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw ceremony on October 1.