UEFA release award shortlist

Iniesta, Messi and Ronaldo named on short list for award

Lionel Messi: Named on the shortlist for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award

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Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have made the short list for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award.

The three nominated players received the most overall points from the first round of voting for the award which will be presented in Monaco on August 30th.

Iniesta and Messi, who both play for Barcelona, will be joined by Real Madrid forward Ronaldo on the short list, with Juventus' Andrea Pirlo and Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez just missing out.

Bangor City's Les Davies, who featured on the 32-man long list for the award, was another who did not make it to the final round.

The original list was drawn up by one selected journalist from each UEFA member country voting for five players.