Six Real Madrid players have made UEFA’s shortlist for the best footballers in each positional category who played in the Champions League last season.
Real Madrid, who won Europe’s elite club competition for the second year in a row, were awarded half the total slots on the shortlist.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the tournament’s top scorer last season, was named among the three best forwards of the 2016-17 campaign alongside his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Juventus’s Argentina international striker Paulo Dybala.
The best midfielder is sure to be from Real Madrid with their trio of Casemiro, Kroos and Modric the only names shortlisted for the position.
Real Madrid full-back Marcelo and centre-back Sergio Ramos have been named in the best defender category alongside Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, who has since moved to AC Milan.
Goalkeeper is the only category where Real Madrid do not have a single contender, with Juventus stopper Gianluigi Buffon, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak in contention.
The winners will be announced at the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw on August 24 along with the Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year honours, the nominees for which will be announced on August 15.
The nominees were selected by a jury of 32 coaches from last year’s Champions League participants and 55 journalists chosen by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.