Xavi, Messi, Ronaldo vie for awards - ESPN

The best player of in Europe UEFA award

The first shortlist for the best new player in UEFA in Europe Award was announced, with Xavi Hernández, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the title to land.

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UEFA announces new award

The award, which brings sees again the format of the old Ballon d'Or and 53 journalists from each of the continent football associations select the player in Europe, is during the UEFA Champions League group draw stage presented on 25 August.

Not surprisingly, is the year Messi favorite, although 40 goals from Ronaldo's Real Madrid get him the price see could.

Every journalist selects their three best ranked players, with the first player five points get the second three and the third a point, to reveal a list of the top ten players in Europe.

The rest of Europe elite:

Andrés Iniesta - Barcelona (33 points)
Falcao - Porto (17 points)
Wayne Rooney - Manchester United (15 points)
Nemanja Vidic - Manchester United (5 points)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - AC Milan (4 points)
Gerard Piqué - Barcelona (4 points)
Manuel Neuer - FC Bayern München (3 points)

source:News Cristiano Ronaldo

Xavi, Messi, Ronaldo vie for awards - ESPN