The award - presented to the best player on a club in Europe - will be given to one of Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo who left Real Madrid for Juventus this summer, or Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Raphaël Varane will go head-to-head for best defender in a Madrid clean sweep while the best midfielder will be chosen from Kevin De Bruyne, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, The best forward hopefuls are Messi, Ronaldo and Salah.
Salah scored an wonderful 44 goals in his debut season at Liverpool, leading the side to the final of the Champions League.
Last but certainly not least sees Liverpool's Egyptian king Mohamed Salah round off the nominees for Player of the Year.
Luka Modric helped his nation reach the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation where he won the Golden ball award.
Modric was once again instrumental in steering Madrid to the Champions League crown for the fourth time in the past five years, and built on that display by winning the Golden Ball award at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.
Ronaldo, now with Juventus, won the Champions League with Real Madrid, scoring 15 goals in the competition to add to his 27 in La Liga.
Messi, whose Barcelona side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League to Roma in the quarterfinal, could not secure points ahead of the trio.
Salah won last season's England's Players' Player of the Year Award and the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year Award.
Ronaldo has been in the final three for the award for every year since its inception in 2010, while this is the third time Messi has missed the final three.
The victor will be announced on August 30 in an official UEFA ceremony, which will also involve a draw for the group stages.