The ten-player shortlist for the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award has been announced.
The players, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:
• Diego Costa (Spain, Club Atlético de Madrid – now at Chelsea FC)
• Ángel Di María (Argentina, Real Madrid CF)
• James Rodríguez (Colombia, AS Monaco FC – now at Real Madrid CF*)
• Philipp Lahm (Germany, FC Bayern München)
• Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
• Thomas Müller (Germany, FC Bayern München)
• Manuel Neuer (Germany, FC Bayern München)
• Arjen Robben (Netherlands, FC Bayern München)
• Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid CF)
• Luis Suárez (Uruguay, Liverpool FC – now at FC Barcelona)
Those ten now go into a second round of voting to produce the three finalist nominees, who will be named on Thursday 14 August. The award will then be presented in Monaco on 28 August during the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage draw.
Jury of journalists
As in previous years, a jury of journalists from each of UEFA's member associations has provided the initial list by voting for their five best players. The players are ordered from one to five, with the first receiving five points, the second four points and so on.
Only the ten best-ranked players advance to the second vote, which in turn defines the three finalists. That same jury will then cast their live votes during a special ceremony at the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, with the journalists using an electronic system to determine the outright winner from the three candidates.
In total, 35 players received votes in the initial poll (those not in the final shortlist are named below in order of how they finished):
|11||Sergio Ramos, Spain, Real Madrid CF|
|12||Thibaut Courtois, Belgium, Club Atlético de Madrid (Chelsea FC)|
|13||Zlatan Ibrahimović, Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain|
|Andrea Pirlo, Italy, Juventus|
|15||Yaya Touré, Ivory Coast, Manchester City FC|
|16||Toni Kroos, Germany, FC Bayern München – now at Real Madrid CF|
|17||Neymar, Brazil, FC Barcelona|
|Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany, FC Bayern München|
|19||Gareth Bale, Wales, Real Madrid CF|
|20||Diego Godin, Uruguay, Club Atlético de Madrid|
|21||Sergio Agüero, Argentina, Manchester City FC|
|Koke, Spain, Club Atlético de Madrid|
|Arturo Vidal, Chile, Juventus|
|24||Karim Benzema, France, Real Madrid CF|
|Kris Commons, Scotland, Celtic FC|
|Javier Mascherano, Argentina, FC Barcelona|
|Franck Ribéry, France, FC Bayern München|
|28||Mario Götze, Germany, FC Bayern München|
|Mats Hummels, Germany, Borussia Dortmund|
|Ivan Rakitić, Croatia, Sevilla FC – now at FC Barcelona|
|Thiago Silva, Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain|
|Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands, Galatasaray AŞ|
|Carlos Tévez, Argentina, Juventus|
|Arda Turan, Turkey, Club Atlético de Madrid|
|Robin van Persie, Netherlands, Manchester United FC|
This season marks the fourth edition of the award, which was born out of an initiative by UEFA President Michel Platini, in partnership with the European Sports Media (ESM) group. Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Franck Ribéry won the first, second and third editions respectively.
*James joined Real Madrid on 22 July
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