Kevin de Bruyne, Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois shortlisted for Uefa Player of the Year award

Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois have been shortlisted for the men’s Uefa Player of the Year award alongside Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.

Goalkeeper Courtois and Benzema had a remarkable season with the Los Blancos, winning the Champions League, with the striker named 2021-22 Uefa Champions League Player of the Season.

Courtois was Player of the Match in the Champions League final. Midfielder De Bruyne won the 2021-22 Premier League Player of the Season.

The top three nominees were chosen from an original list of 15 players which included Paris St-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho.

Uefa also announced the shortlist for the men’s Manager of the Year award, with Real’s Carlo Ancelotti, City’s Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp being shortlisted.

The women’s Player of the Year and Manager of the Year nominees will be named at a later date.

All the winners will be announced at the Champions League group-stage draw ceremony in Istanbul

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