Real Madrid have won the Champions League this season and they can greatly thank Thibaut Courtois (BEL, Real Madrid). With each double confrontation during the elimination phase of the C1, the Belgian kept the people of Madrid afloat.
rafael leao (POR, AC Milan) has come a long way since leaving Lille. With AC Milan last season, he won the Rossoneri’s first Italian league title since 2011. The Portuguese winger was also voted the best player in Serie A.
He won the same award as Leao, but in Germany. Christopher Nkunku (FRA, RB Leipzig) is coming off a full season with RasenBallsport (20 goals and 13 assists in 34 matches), which finished fourth in the Bundesliga.
Premier League top scorer (23 goals) and Champions League runner-up Mohammad Salah (EGY, Liverpool) is logically part of this list. In addition to his club performances, the 30-year-old winger reached the AFCON final with Egypt.
Versatile player par excellence, Joshua Kimmich (GER, Bayern Munich) shined in the Bayern midfield, which won its tenth league title in a row. He is nominated for the Ballon d’Or, a first for him.