1. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid and Wales) – click the arrow above, right, to see the final shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France)
4. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid and Germany)
5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
6. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich and Germany)
7. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)
8. Pepe (Real Madrid and Portugal)
9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)
10. Luis Suarez (B
A 10-man shortlist for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award has been announced and there aren’t any surprises.
In fact the only shock came in the initial polling when Wigan’s Will Grigg was joint 25th with Diego Godin, Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba before the list was whittled down. This means he was ranked higher than Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Man City’sKevin De Bruyne.
The award is given to the player, regardless of nationality, playing his club football in Europe. They are judged on their performances over the course of the season in all competitions at both domestic and international level, with Lionel Messiwinning the 2015 edition.
The final shortlist is deduced when journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations provide a list of their five top players, with the first receiving five points, the second four and so on. The 10 with the most points advance to the second vote, with the three finalists set to be named on 5 August.
The winner is announced during the Champions League group stage draw on 25 August.Source: talksports