Gist: Ronaldo, Iniesta, Messi in UEFA’s European player shortlist  (Read 969 times)

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REAL Madrid’s forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Barcelona’s duo of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta have made the shortlist for the UEFA Best Player in Europe award.

The trio gained the most points in a vote among 53 sports journalists representing each of the European football governing body’s member-associations.

Juventus’ playmaker Andrea Pirlo came fourth in the election, while Barcelona’s Xavi, who finished second in last year’s edition of the award, completed the top five. The remaining three players will now go into a deciding vote in Monaco during the Champions League group stage draw on August 30.

The individual award, created in partnership with European Sports Media (ESM), recognises the best player, irrespective of his nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member-association during the previous season. Messi won the inaugural edition in 2011.

Culled from guardian.


 

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