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Messi, Ronaldo on UEFA shortlist

ESPN staff
August 14, 2012
Will Cristiano Ronaldo be celebrating another award? © Getty Images

Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named on the shortlist 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 30.

Barcelona pair Iniesta and Messi are joined by Real Madrid star 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.

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