Nyon — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the
10-player shortlist to be named UEFA Best Player in Europe for last season. Fan
favorite Will Grigg missed out but got as many points as Paul Pogba.
Ronaldo is joined by Pepe, his teammate on European champion
teams Portugal and Real Madrid, on the shortlist voted by media from each of
UEFA's 55 member federation countries.
The 10 candidates had the biggest points totals in a
first-round poll of voters who each picked five players.
Grigg, the Northern Ireland forward who became a cult hero
at the European Championship without even playing, finished in joint 25th
position. He tallied the same points as Pogba and Giorgio Chiellini.
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The 10 candidates also include Madrid's Gareth Bale and Toni
Kroos, who both reached the Euro 2016 semifinals with Wales and Germany,
A second round of voting will decide the three finalists
named on Aug. 5.
The winner will be chosen in a final vote to be announced on
Aug. 25 during the Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco.
Best Player in Europe Candidates: Gareth Bale (Wales, Real
Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (France,
Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Argentina,
Barcelona), Thomas Mueller (Germany, Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany,
Bayern Munich), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real
Madrid), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona).
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