Messi is nominated for UEFA Player of the Year 2022-2023

The two Manchester City players, Kevin de Bruyne y Erling Haalandtogether with the Argentine Lionel Messi are the three finalists for the prize for UEFA Player of the Year 2022-2023the European institution announced on Thursday.

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The three players were appointed after a vote made by the coaches of the teams that participated last season in the group stage of the three European Cups (Champions League, Europa League and Conference League), by the selectors of the 55 affiliated countries UEFA and by a panel of European journalists. Each voter had to choose three players from a list of 10.

The winner will be announced on August, 31 in Monaco, during the draw for the group stage of the Champions League.

The Norwegian Haaland and the Belgian De Bruyne shone this year in the Champions League, allowing Manchester City to lift the ‘Orejona’ for the first time in its history. Messiwho left PSG this summer for Inter Miami, won the World Cup with Argentina, the only major title missing from his immense record.

Among the coaches, the Spanish Pep Guardiolawho leads City, the Italian Simone Inzaghi, Champions League finalist with Inter Milan, and his compatriot Luciano Spalletti, Italian champion with Napoli and who reached the quarterfinals in the Champions League, are the nominees.