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22.08.2008 12:45

Puyol and Messi, among the best players in Champions League

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Puyol and Messi are the two Barša players in the list UEFA has just published of the best players in the last edition of the Champions League.


Both are competing in different categories. Captain Carles Puyol has been named as one of the best defenders in the competition and the Argentinian is one of the best forwards.

Five players per position

Twenty players have been nominated, five for each of the four main positions. Puyol is competing in the defence category with Carragher (Liverpool), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Terry (Chelsea) and Vidic (Manchester United).

Leo Messi, meanwhile, will compete for best forward along with Drogba (Chelsea), Ronaldo (Manchester United), Rooney (Manchester United) and Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

The other nominees

Goalkeepers
Almunia (Arsenal)
Cech (Chelsea)
Neuer (Schalke 04)
Reina (Liverpool)
Van der Sar (Manchester United)

Midfielders
Essien (Chelsea)
FÓbregas (Arsenal)
Gerrard (Liverpool)
Lampard (Chelsea)
Scholes (Manchester United)

The winners for each of the positions will be announced on the day of the Group Stage draw for the 2008-09 edition on Thursday August 28 at 18.00 in Monaco.
Puyol and Messi, among the best players in Champions League
Votes
The 20 nominated players were selected by the Technical Observers of the Champions League. The people who will decide on the final choices will be the 16 managers of the team that made it into the second round of the last edition of the Champions League.


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