Barcelona’s best Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta along with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the 2011-2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
53 sports journalists, representing each of the UEFA member associations, have voted for the three popular players which has resulted in them gaining most points.
The winner will be decided by a vote in Monaco during the Champions League group stage draw on August 30.
Incidentally, Messi won the award when it was introduced last year. He is also the favourite to win this year considering his form and the fact that he has been named the world player of the year for the past three years.
Positions four to 10 have already been established in the vote. They are as follows: Italy’s Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) fourth, followed by Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Didier Drogba (Chelsea, now Shanghai Shenhua), Petr Cech (Chelsea) tied with Falcao (Atletico Madrid) and Mesut Oezil (Real Madrid).