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UEFA Best Player in Europe Shortlist Revealed

UEFA Best Player in Europe award trophy.

Today, a number of names are in the running for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. How does this work? Journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations provided a list of their five best-ranked players, with the first receiving five points, the second four and so on. The ten players with the most points advance to the second vote, which will determine the three finalists to be named on August 5. The jury will then cast their votes for the outright winner, which will be announced during the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on 25 August.

Here is the list.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)

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Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)

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Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid & France)

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Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)

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Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)http://gty.im/523552610
Thomas Müller (Bayern München & Germany)

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Manuel Neuer (Bayern München & Germany)

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Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)

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Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)

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Luis Suárez (Barcelona & Uruguay)

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Also, here are the others who picked up votes in the initial poll, but did not make the cut.

11 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester & Algeria)
12 Jamie Vardy (Leicester & England)
13 Dimitri Payet (West Ham & France)
14 Jérôme Boateng (Bayern München & Germany)
15 Arturo Vidal (Bayern München & Chile)
16 Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia)
17 N’Golo Kanté (Leicester & France)
18 Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United & Sweden)
19= Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
19= Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)
19= Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil)
19= Renato Sanches (Benfica/Bayern München & Portugal)
23 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München & Poland)
24 Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli & Argentina)
25= Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus & Italy)
25= Diego Godin (Atlético Madrid & Uruguay)
25= Will Grigg (Wigan & Northern Ireland)
25= Hugo Lloris (Tottenham & France)
25= Paul Pogba (Juventus & France)
30= Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham & Belgium)
30= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund & Gabon)
30= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)
30= Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla & France)
30= Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla/Paris Saint-Germain & Poland)
30= Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain & France)
30= Georges-Kévin N’Koudou (Marseille & France)
30= Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid & Slovenia)

Based on finishing in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Euro 2016, The Stoppage Time is boldly predicting that the three finalists will be Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with Ronaldo winning it all based on sweeping both trophies for both Real Madrid and Portugal. Who is your top three finalists?

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