Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery shortlisted for the UEFA Europe’s Best Player for the 2012/13 Award.

These three candidates were chosen
from the original list of 10. The list has
been formed by football journalists from
UEFA member countries.
Messi won the inaugural award two
seasons ago while his Barcelona
teammate Andres Iniesta claimed the
prestigious honour 12 months ago.
The Argentinian helped Barcelona win
the Spanish League Championship last
season, and he picked up the European
Golden Shoe award in the process thanks
to 46 La Liga goals.
Frenchman Ribery was part of a Bayern
team to complete the treble of
Champions League, Bundesliga and
German Cup.
Portugal’s Ronaldo, meanwhile, netted
34 league goals for Real Madrid and was
top-scorer in the Champions League
with 12 goals.
The award ceremony will take place in
Monaco, on August 29, when the draw
for the group stage of the Champions
League is made.
7 good footballers which failed to qualify
for the final round are listed below, in
the order of gained rating:
4th: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia
Dortmund)
5th: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munchen)
6th: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munchen)
7th: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
8th: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern
Munchen)
9th: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St
Germain)
10th: Robin van Persie (Manchester
United)

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