Virgil Van Dijk changed the flow once again like last year Luka Modric won UEFA Player of the year and now Dutchman has beaten both Messi and Ronaldo.
They did win the Uefa Champions League with Liverpool and finished runner-up in the Premier League, with the Dutchman being named Premier League Player of the Season, while the African duo shared the Golden Boot with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The finalists for eight of the total 11 awards were announced on Monday at the San Siro stadium in Milan, while the winners will be revealed at the Teatro alla Scala in the same city on September 23.
The Portugal worldwide was named in the Premier League's Team of the Season after the 2018/19 campaign and also won the UEFA Nations League Player of the Tournament award.
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This is, overall, Messi's 8th nomination for Puskas Award.Despite being nominated seven times before, the forward has not won a single award so far.
Meanwhile, two-time Women's World Cup victor Jill Ellis is a finalist for Best Women's Coach, alongside England boss Phil Neville and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman.
Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman and England's Phil Neville, who guided their nations to second and fourth at the World Cup are also nominated. The Netherlands lost to the United States in the World Cup final.
Fans, journalists, coaches and worldwide captains all voted between July 31 and August 19, but the window is now closed. The three goalkeepers who reached the podium are: Christiane Endler (PSG), Hedvig Lindahl (Kristianstads DFF) and Sari van Veenendaal (Atlético de Madrid).
Apart from Messi, River Plate ace Juanfer Quintero and ex-Debrecen star Daniel Zsori are the other two players who made it into the final three.