Tuesday, August 06, 2013
UEFA SHORTLIST RIBERY, MESSI AND RONALDO FOR EUROPE BEST PLAYER AWARD
European football governing body, have named Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo in the three-man shortlist for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award for the 2012-13 season.
The list is compiled of votes from journalists from each of UEFA's member national associations and the winner will be announced in a live vote during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 29.
Spain midfielder, Andres Iniesta was awarded the accolade last year, is not included in the this year's list while his Barcelona team-mate Messi, who lifted the prize in its inaugural edition during the 2010-11 season is included and rival from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is in the list once again.
France international Ribery, who, was a key part of the Bayern Munich side which became the first German club to win the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal last term, is also the list as well
The positions from fourth to tenth have already been decided and will remain fixed, with Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski fourth, and Bayern team-mates Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller fifth and sixth.
Tottenham's Gareth Bale is seventh, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern is eighth while Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie occupy ninth and 10th positions, respectively.