How the nominees were shortlisted

How the nominees were shortlisted

A jury of sports journalists representing each UEFA member association whittled down the 2015/16 long list to Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo. The final three feature in a deciding vote in Monaco on Thursday 25 August during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw.

What's the buzz?

Social media voting

This graphic demonstrates the social media voting since 12 August. Votes are measured in three ways: the sum of 'Likes' and 'Tweets', only 'Likes', and only 'Tweets'. The players' popularity on both social networks will be updated every hour.

These figures are taken directly from Facebook and Twitter with the number of 'Likes' and 'Tweets' illustrated above the nominee thumbnail.

  • Andrés Iniesta
  • Lionel Messi
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
 
 

The Twitter count

Using #messi #suarez #cristiano we record the number of times each hashtag is used every day. The popularity of each player is demonstrated by a circle; the bigger the circle, the more popular the player.

  • Andrés Iniesta
  • Lionel Messi
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
 

These figures are taken directly from appropriate hashtags on Twitter.

Google search popularity

Using information from the Google search volume index we have mapped out a popularity graph relating to how many searches have been done for each player. The news reference volume graph shows you the number of times each player has appeared in Google news stories.

The information comes from Google trends.

 
  •  
    Andrés Iniesta
  •  
    Lionel Messi
  •  
    Cristiano Ronaldo