Messi, Ronaldo up for best Europe award

Messi, Ronaldo up for best Europe award

Published Aug. 14, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named on the short list for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award.

The three nominated players received the most overall points from the first round of voting for the award which will be presented in Monaco on 30 August.

Iniesta and Messi, who both play for Barcelona, will be joined by Real Madrid midfielder Ronaldo on the short list, with Juventus' Andrea Pirlo and Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez just missing out.

Bangor City's Les Davies, who featured on the 32-man long list for the award, was another who did not make it to the final round.


The original list was drawn up by one selected journalist from each UEFA member country voting for five players.