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Xavi Hernández, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are in the running for the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe Award after the shortlist was announced today.

A jury of 53 sports journalists representing each of the UEFA member associations whittled down the 2010/11 long list to FC Barcelona pair Xavi and Messi and Real Madrid CF's Ronaldo. Another member of the Catalan giants' UEFA Champions League-winning side, Andrés Iniesta, just missed out after finishing fourth ahead of Falcao and Wayne Rooney.

The final three will now go into a deciding vote in Monaco during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw on 25 August. Xavi and Messi helped Barcelona to Liga and European glory, the latter scoring 53 goals in 55 club appearances, including 31 in the Spanish top flight and a record-equalling 12 in the UFEA Champions League. Yet it was Ronaldo who picked up the ESM Golden Shoe, registering an incredible 40 Liga goals for second-placed Madrid.

The 53 journalists will vote live, via an electronic system, for their best player from the shortlist of three, to determine the winner. Positions four to ten are already fixed after each journalist provided a list of their three best-ranked players, with the first player receiving five points, the second three points and the third one point:

4 Andrés Iniesta (ESP) – FC Barcelona (33 points)

5 Falcao (COL) – FC Porto (17)

6 Wayne Rooney (ENG) – Manchester United FC (15)

7 Nemanja Vidić (SRB) – Manchester United FC (5)

8 Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE) – AC Milan (4)

Gerard Piqué (ESP) – FC Barcelona (4)

10 Manuel Neuer (GER) – FC Schalke 04* (3)

* has since joined FC Bayern München

The new accolade, created in partnership with European Sports Media (ESM), will recognise the best player, irrespective of his nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the previous season.

It replaces the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award, claimed last year by FC Internazionale Milano's Diego Milito. Ronaldo (2008) and Messi (2009) are past winners.

from UEFA.com

Glad to see Falcao in 5th.. :)

Who do you think will win..?

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Re: Uefa Best Player in Europe award

I am a bit surprised that Ozil isn't on top 10.. while Ibrahimovic is..

would prefer that they gave this prize to Xavi instead of the usual suspects..

What are you on about? Ibrahimovic had a good season last season. Anyway, I'm surprised to see Neuer on the list. His performances weren't consistant.

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What are you on about? Ibrahimovic had a good season last season. Anyway' date=' I'm surprised to see Neuer on the list. His performances weren't consistant.[/quote']

he only scored 14 goals in the league +4 in CL +1 Spanish SC.. Gomez scored more goals than him, 39 in all the competitions.. fair enough that Ibra won the Italian league but.. Ozil had a much better season.. made 25 assists and scored 10 goals.. if I had to drop anyone to include Ozil, Ibrahimovic was the first to go..

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he only scored 14 goals in the league +4 in CL +1 Spanish SC.. Gomez scored more goals than him' date=' 39 in all the competitions.. fair enough that Ibra won the Italian league but.. Ozil had a much better season.. made 25 assists and scored 10 goals.. if I had to drop anyone to include Ozil, Ibrahimovic was the first to go..[/quote']

I do agree that Özil should have been included in the top ten. Btw, strikers are not always judged on goals, he had 11 assists in Serie A, the 3rd highest in total. Also, you forgot the goals in the cup games (3 goals in 4 games). I think they both had an equally good season.

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Re: Uefa Best Player in Europe award

Although this is a journalist vote, I still am a bit surprised to see Rooney that high after his season that was not so amazing. Ibra too: a fine player, but his season wasn't really top of Europe class, so I wonder who has voted him to top 3. Strikers top the elections too easily anyway, it's nice that people remembered Piqué and Vidic as well.

Anyway, my vote goes for Xavi. Didn't score a million goals, but he is unmistakable in what he does, world's top and has won pretty much every competition for a few years now - unlike Ronaldo or even Messi, because Xavi wins with his NT as well. In both his teams, Xavi makes the game roll in a truly fantastic manner.

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