- UEFA will announce the 2022-2023 European Player of the Year on Thursday (31/8/2023) night WIB (23.00 WIB).

The award, titled UEFA Men's Player of the Year or UEFA Player of the Year 2022-2023, will be awarded to one of three finalists: Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne or Erling Haaland.

The announcement coincides with the 2023-2024 Champions League group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

In addition to the title of best player, the best coach is also recognized. Other categories are Best Female Player and Best Female Team Coach.

The evaluation is based on the results achieved by the three players at club and national team level.

The judges for this award consist of the votes of the coaches who participated in the previous season's UEFA events such as the Champions League, Europa League and also the Conference League.

Apart from this, journalists also voted. A coach may not select players from his own team.

UEFA will announce the winners of the 2023-2024 Champions League group stage.

These three players, Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, scored the highest points in the top three and beat the other stars.

Among the stars of the previous shortlist was Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/Germany) who was fourth. Then Rodri (Manchester City/Spain) is fifth, or Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Gemain/France) is fifth.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan/Croatia), Declan Rice (West Ham/England), Alexis McAllister (Brighton/Argentina) and Jesus Navas (Sevilla/Spain)

In its statement regarding the three nominees, the UAF made several points as to why the three were included as finalists for this award.

Lionel Messi

For example, Lionel Messi led Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title last season, but the star's best achievement was winning the 2022 World Cup with Argentina's national team.

On this occasion, Inter Miami's star player, Lionel Messi, was selected as the best player for the 2022 World Cup.

In the Champions League, Lionel Messi played in 7 games and scored 4 goals and made 4 assists.

Statistics 2022-2023

TitleWorld Cup, Player of the Year, League 1

Champions League:

7 games, 4 plays, 4 assists

Man of the Match: 1

domestic league

32 matches

16 goals

16 will help

Erling Haaland

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland has gained attention for the goals scored by this Norwegian star.

Erling Haaland scored a total of 12 goals for Manchester City in the Champions League. He scored a record 36 goals in the Premier League.

Erling Haaland led Manchester City to three trophies last season: the Champions League, the English League and the FA Cup.

He managed to score 12 goals and 1 assist in 12 games in the Champions League. Meanwhile, in the domestic arena, Erling Haaland played in 37 Premier League games, scored 36 goals and provided 8 assists.

Statistics 2022-2023

Title: Champions League, England League, FA Cup

Champions League

11 matches

12 goals

1 assistant

Man of the Match: 1

domestic league

37 matches

36 goals

8 will help.

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is also a key figure in Manchester City's treble-winning success. It was a crucial point that made this Belgian midfielder a creative candidate.

Kevin De Bruyne led Manchester City to the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

In the 2022-2023 Champions League, Kevin De Bruyne played in 10 games and scored 2 goals and provided 7 assists. Last season in the Champions League, Kevin De Bruyne was named Man of the Match 4 times.

He scored 7 goals and provided 16 assists in 32 games in the Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne is third in the Premier League with 16 assists.

Statistics 2022-2023

Title: Champions League, England League, FA Cup

Champions League

10 games

2 goals

7 will help.

Man of the Match: 4

domestic league

32 matches

7 goals

16 will help