Cristiano Ronaldo gets shock nomination for PFA Player of the Year… as golden boot winner Son Heung-min misses out

MANCHESTER UNITED star Cristiano Ronaldo has received a shock nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award.

But there is no room for Tottenham ace Son Heung-Min, despite the South Korean finishing as joint-top scorer this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year awards

Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year awardsCredit: AFP

Son Heung-Min has been snubbed despite finishing as joint-top scorer

Son Heung-Min has been snubbed despite finishing as joint-top scorerCredit: Reuters

Elsewhere, Spurs pal Harry Kane and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne are also in the mix.

But it’s Liverpool who lead the way with three nominations in Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Ronaldo endured a mixed first campaign upon his return to Man United despite scoring 18 Premier League goals.

The Portuguese legend was criticised for failing to adapt to the team’s tactics.

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And despite his future under Erik ten Hag still in question, Ronaldo now finds himself up for an award he’s already won twice in 2007 and 2008.

Ronnie’s inclusion comes at the expense of Spurs favourite Son, who shared the Golden Boot with Salah after both men struck 23 goals this term.

But teammate Kane is in the hunt for the PFA award after scoring 17 times while inspiring Tottenham to a top four finish.

Meanwhile, De Bruyne is looking to add another individual trophy to his collection after already being voted Premier League Player of the Season.

The Belgian received the nod from fans, club captains and a panel of experts.

And De Bruyne will be amongst the favourites for a double after winning another title with Man City.

Finally, Liverpool have no less than three players in the running.

Salah, like Son, scored 23 goals and also scooped 13 assists, earning him the league’s Playmaker award.

Fellow forward Mane netted 16 times and will be hoping for recognition as he prepares to join Bayern Munich.

Finally, Van Dijk was back to his best in Liverpool’s defence after a lengthy injury lay-off, helping the Reds concede just 26 goals all season.

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Meanwhile, the PFA Young Player of the Year nominees were revealed earlier on Wednesday.

Chelsea’s Reece James, Crystal Palace’s Conor Gallagher, Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey, Man City’s Phil Foden, plus Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have all been put forward.


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