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Ronaldo, Bale, Griezmann On UEFA Best Player Shortlist

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid
teammate Gareth Bale headlined a 10-man
shortlist announced on Monday for the UEFA
Best Player in Europe Award.

Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick as Real
claimed an 11th Champions League title, beating
city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalty kicks in
May, before leading his country to Euro 2016
glory.
Fellow Portugal and Real teammate Pepe also
featured on the shortlist, along with Wales star
Bale.
The former Tottenham Hotspurs star had steered
his country to the semi-finals of the European
Championship in their first appearance at a
major final since 1958.
Ronaldo is favoured to the win the award for a
second time, after scooping the honours in
2013-14, which would see him draw level with
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann was
also nominated after his six goals in Euro 2016
earned him the Player of the Tournament and
the Golden Boot.
Unfortunately, France fell short against Portugal
in the final match.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
Messi is one of two FC Barcelona players to
make the list along with Luis Suarez.
The Bayern Munich duo of Manuel Neuer and
Thomas Mueller, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi
Buffon and Real midfielder Toni Kroos are also
included.
NAN reports that the players were selected by
journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member-
associations who will vote for a second time on
Aug. 5 to determine the three finalists.
The winner of the award will be announced in
Monaco on Aug. 25 when the draw for the UEFA
Champions League group stage is made.(NAN)

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