Ronaldo, Messi on UEFA award shortlist, edging Will Grigg

Kroos Cristiano Bale Pepe Suárez Messi Griezmann Müller Neuer y Buffon los diez finalistas al Mejor Jugador de la UEFA

Will Grigg might not have made it on to the pitch for a single moment of playing time during Euro 2016, but the fact he's just been named among the best 25 footballers in Europe should come as some consolation.

"Will Grigg's on fire!"

However, that and the 24-year-old's 25 goals for Wigan in League One were not quite enough for him to be included on the 10-man shortlist for the prize, which is voted for by journalists from each of Uefa's 55 member associations.

Wales' Gareth Bale is one of four Real Madrid players in contention to scoop the award along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Toni Kroos.

Best Player in Europe Candidates: Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Thomas Mueller (Germany, Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona).

Coming in 10th and 11th were two of Leicester's Premier League-winning stars, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, with N'Golo Kante 17th.

The ten players with the most points form the short-list, with a second round of voting scheduled to take place in early August to determine the three finalists, from which an outright victor will be selected by a jury of experts.

Messi is the only player to have won the award twice (2011, 2015), while Ronaldo is the only other player on this year's shortlist to have won the accolade in its five-year history (2014).

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