Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are gunning for the UEFA Player of the year award
The prestigious which will be presented during the Champions League group stage draw on Aug. 24, with Real Madrid star Ronaldo the favourite to win it for the third time in four years after leading Los Blancos to become the first club to retain the trophy.
Ronaldo scored five goals in the thrilling quarterfinal victory over Bayern Munich, including at home in the second leg.
He scored another hatrick in the first leg of the semi against Atletico Madrid, and two goals in the final success over Juventus to finish as top scorer for a fifth straight season.
Messi scored 54 goals in all competition but Barcelona only had the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey to show for their efforts.
Buffon ledJuventus to another Italian double but his chances would have been greatly enhanced had Juventus beaten Madrid to win the Champions League.
Messi and Ronaldo have both won the award twice, with Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) and Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) the only other players to receive it since its inauguration in 2011.