Two Barcelona stars have been shortlisted for one of the top individual awards in European football.
UEFA announced on Monday a 10-man shortlist of nominees for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, given to the top performer in the continent over the past 12 months. Since 2011, four players have won the honor, including two Barça players. Lionel Messi won in 2011 and 2015, and Andrés Iniesta picked up the ugliest trophy on Earth in 2012.
Lionel Messi is once again nominated, and he has one Blaugrana teammate alongside him: Luis Suárez, the winner of Europe's Golden Boot thanks to a 40-goal season in La Liga. Suárez was also Barça's top scorer in the Champions League, even though the Catalans couldn't get past the quarterfinals, losing to the eventual runner-up, Atlético Madrid.
The full shortlist has ten players, and as expected, Champions League winners Real Madrid dominate it:
Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Pepe (Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez (Barcelona)
This poll of ten names will become a three-man list of finalists that will be announced in three weeks. The winner, and we already know who the winner is going to be, will be announced shortly after the Champions League group stage draw on August 25th.