Cristiano Ronaldo Is Finalist for Best Player in Europe Award
Ronaldo has been named one of the three finalists for UEFA’s award, which 53 journalists will live vote on August 30th. The fourth through tenth positions are already fixed. The list is as follows:
1. Andrés Iniesta - (ESP) Barcelona
2. Lionel Messi - (ARG) Barcelona
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) Real Madrid
4. Andrea Pirlo (ITA) – Juventus (90 points)
5. Xavi Hernández (ESP) – Barcelona (57)
6. Iker Casillas (ESP) – Real Madrid (53)
7. Didier Drogba (CIV) – Chelsea / Shanghai Shenhua (31)
8. Petr Čech (CZE) – Chelsea (14)
8. Falcao (COL) – Atlético de Madrid (14)
10. Mesut Özil (GER) – Real Madrid (10)
Was anyone suprised that Messi won the "Best Player" award tonight? Cause I sure wasn't..
Come on, it’s Barcelona. It’s Platini. It’s god damn UEFA. I’m sure Ronaldo knew he wasn’t going to get it either.
Whatever, we know who the real best players are. And when I say players, I mean football players, not the players Barcelona consist of. :)
Brother: Ronaldo is transitioning from douche to emo douche. That should be the headline of that article. I wonder if his sadness stems from all the shitty questions he got during the [UEFA Best Player in Europe award] ceremony and the fact that I actually felt sympathy for him.
Me: Either the stupid questions or because he didn’t get to meet the only person he’s ever wanted to meet in his entire life: the engraver.
Four Barça players up for UEFA Best Player in Europe award
Cesc, Iniesta, Messi and Xavi are the four FC Barcelona players named on the list of 32 candidates for the UEFA Best Player of the Year in Europe award. The list will be shortened to three finalists, whose names will be announced on August 14th, with the winner revealed on August 30th in Monaco, coinciding with the group stage draw of the Champions League for the 2012-13 season.
As in 2011, when the award went to Lionel Messi, 53 journalists from various media outlets and countries will choose the Best Player of the Year in Europe, using all competitions played in as criteria for their selection. This is the second time this award will be given out.
The full list of 32 players is as follows:
Sergio Agüero (ARG) – Manchester City FC
Xabi Alonso (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Mario Balotelli (ITA) – Manchester City FC
Jakub Błaszczykowski (POL) – Borussia Dortmund
Gianluigi Buffon (ITA) – Juventus
Iker Casillas (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Petr Čech (CZE) – Chelsea FC
Fábio Coentrão (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Leslie Davies (WAL) – Bangor City FC
Didier Drogba (CIV) – Chelsea FC/Shanghai Shenhua FC
Cesc Fàbregas (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Falcao (COL) – Club Atlético de Madrid
Joe Hart (ENG) – Manchester City FC
Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE) – AC Milan
Andrés Iniesta (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Shinji Kagawa (JPN) – Borussia Dortmund/Manchester United
Vincent Kompany (BEL) – Manchester City FC
Frank Lampard (ENG) – Chelsea FC
Lionel Messi (ARG) – FC Barcelona
Luka Modrić (CRO) – Tottenham Hotspur FC
Mesut Özil (GER) – Real Madrid CF
Pepe (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Andrea Pirlo (ITA) – Juventus
Sergio Ramos (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Raúl González (ESP) – FC Schalke 04/Al-Sadd Sports Club
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Wayne Rooney (ENG) – Manchester United FC
David Silva (ESP) – Manchester City FC
Fernando Torres (ESP) – Chelsea FC
Yaya Touré (CIV) – Manchester City FC
Robin van Persie (NED) – Arsenal FC
Xavi Hernández (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Honestly, Iniesta deserves this award so much.
Three major international tournaments in a row? More than eighteen trophies with his club? Unbelievable.
The ‘pale-faced assassin’, as I once heard Ray Hudson call him, is a perfect footballer, humble, loyal to club and country, and one of the best out there right now.