UCL best forward: Sadio Mane joins Ronaldo, Messi on final shortlist

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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been nominated for the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season award.

Mane will be competing with Barcelona star-forward Lionel Messi and Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo for a chance to win the prize.

The Senegal international has an outstanding performance last season in the European competition, winning the trophy for his English side.

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Mane, 27, showed impressive performances in the competition last season to help the Reds win the tournament for the first time in 14 years.

He scored four goals in the run to the title, including his brace against Bayern Munich which helped his side claim a 3-1 victory in the second leg of the Round of 16.

The only African player who made the final shortlist for the award, Mane sits just a spot ahead of teammate and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah.

The winners of the awards will be announced during the 2019-20 Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday, August 29.

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