Ronaldo, Robben Make UEFA Top Three

European football governing body, UEFA, has
announced the top three players for the
Best Player in Europe award.
According to the shortlist posted on
UEFA.com moments ago, Cristiano Ronaldo,
Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer are the
final contenders for the award.
Cristiano Ronaldo with his previous award
It would be recalled that the trio were
previously shortlisted for the prize in July
alongside Angel Di Maria, Diego Costa, Luis
Suarez, Lionel Messi, Philipp Lahm, James
Rodriguez and Thomas Muller.
Ronaldo, who scored both goals in Real
Madrid’s Super Cup triumph this week,
spearheaded the club’s Champions League
and Copa del Rey successes in 2013/14.
While Robben and Neuer helped Bayern
Munich defend their Bundesliga title, with
the latter also shining in Germany’s march to
World Cup honours in Brazil last month.
According to a statement on UEFA website,
the overall winner of the award will be
decided by a live vote in Monaco on 28
August, 2014, during the UEFA Champions
League group stage draw.
It was gathered that in Monaco, journalists
will vote live, via an electronic system, for
their best player from the shortlist.
Positions four to ten are already fixed after
every reporter provided a list of their top
three players, with the first receiving three
points, the second two points and the third
one.
Below are positions 4 to 10:
4 Thomas Müller (GER, FC Bayern München) –
number of points, 39
5 Philipp Lahm (GER, FC Bayern München) –
24
5 Lionel Messi (ARG, FC Barcelona) – 24
7 James Rodríguez (COL, AS Monaco FC/Real
Madrid CF) – 16
8 Luis Suárez (URU, Liverpool FC/FC
Barcelona) – 13
9 Ángel Di María (ARG, Real Madrid CF) – 12
10 Diego Costa (ESP, Club Atlético de Madrid/
Chelsea FC) – 8
This season marks the fourth edition of the
UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, which
was born out of an initiative by UEFA
President Michel Platini in partnership with
the European Sports Media (ESM) group.
Previous winners are:
Franck Ribéry (2012/13)
Andrés Iniesta (2011/12)
Lionel Messi (2010/11)

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