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Messi, Ronaldo Top UEFA Best Player Award

Posted: Jul 16, 2015 at 1:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Eight UEFA Champions League finalists and last season’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo have made the ten-man shortlist for the 2014/15 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, with the recipient to be announced on 28 August.

As in previous years, journalists from each of UEFA’s 54 member associations provided a list of their five best-ranked players, with the first receiving five points, the second four and so on. The ten players with the most points have advanced to the second vote, which will determine the three finalists to be named on 12 August.

Messi and Ronaldo

Messi and Ronaldo

The jury will then cast their votes for the outright winner during the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on 28 August. Past editions have been won by Lionel Messi (2011), Andrés Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribéry (2013) and Ronaldo (2014).

Messi who Broke Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 Liga goals with a hat-trick against Sevilla on 22 November; finished Barcelona’s treble-winning term with 58 strikes in all competitions, including a double in the Blaugrana’s Copa del Rey final victory over Athletic Club. He also ended the UEFA Champions League campaign as the ten-goal joint-top scorer along with Ronaldo and club-mate Neymar.

Ronaldo who was the leading scorer in the Spanish Liga (48 goals) and the joint-top UEFA Champions League marksman. His output of 61 on all fronts for Madrid was a career-best from a season in which he leapfrogged Alfredo Di Stéfano into second place on the club’s all-time list.

Notched five in a match for the first time as the Whites defeated Granada 9-1 on 5 April. Finished the campaign with three successive hat-tricks – against Espanyol, Getafe and Armenia.