Lionel Messi is nominated for one more award. So is newest Barcelona acquisition, Luis Suárez.
Leo e Luisito have been announced by UEFA on Thursday as two of the top ten players in Europe from last season. They will compete with eight other stars for the Best Player in Europe Award, that will be handed out in August. It will be the fourth time UEFA awards the most outstanding footballer in the continent. In 2011, Messi himself won. 2012 saw another Blaugrana, Andrés Iniesta, receive the honors. Last year, it was Bayern Munich's Frank Ribéry's turn to get recognition as the best performer in Europe.
Neymar Jr., Javier Mascherano and new Barça signing Ivan Rakitic also received votes from the jury, but not enough to crack the top list. Bayern Munich has the most nominees, with four total. Real Madrid, Chelsea and Monaco also have candidates. The Top-10 will now go through an additional round of voting, which will reveal the Top-3 shortilist. From those three, the winner will be chosen and receive the (kind of weird) trophy. The ceremony takes place in Monaco, on August 28, along with the Champions League Group Stage Draw.
Below is the list of the Top-10 nominees:
Diego Costa (Chelsea), Ángel Di María (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), James Rodríguez (Monaco), Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Luis Suárez (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona).
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