The final three shorlists for the 2015/2016 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award includes Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
Suprisingly, Lionel Messi has been left out of the top three as the Barcelona midfielder was in fifth position with 25 points while his teammate Luis Suarez placed fourth with 29 points.
The winner will be announced during the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League draws in Monaco on Thursday 25 August where the jury will cast their votes.
Others who made the top 10 cut includes Real Madrid’s Pepe and Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer and Thomas with Juventus Gianluigi Buffon.
Here is a list of the top 10 contenders
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & France)
4. Luis Suárez (Barcelona & Uruguay)
5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
6. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)
7. Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)
8. Manuel Neuer (Bayern München & Germany)
9.Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)
10. Thomas Müller (Bayern München & Germany)
Past editions have been won by Lionel Messi (2011, 2015), Andrés Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribéry (2013) and Ronaldo (2014).