UEFA best player

Some of the world’s top footballers will compete to be named as the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe after the ten-man shortlist was announced today.

The nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

1. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)
3. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid & France)
4. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)
5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
6. Thomas Müller (Bayern München & Germany)
7. Manuel Neuer (Bayern München & Germany)
8. Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)
9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
10. Luis Suárez (Barcelona & Uruguay)

In total, 37 players picked up votes in the initial poll; those not in the final shortlist are revealed below in order of how they finished:

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)

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