Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and Barcelona duo Lionel Messi & Andres Iniesta have been shortlisted for the final three to win the prestigious UEFA Player of the Year. The 3 came top of a poll taken by 53 journalists across Europe. Italian midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo came in fourth while Xavier Hernandez came in fifth.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta look the most likely to win the award, after recording cup success last season; Ronaldo the La Liga with Real Madrid, and Iniesta the European Championships with Spain.
Record-breaking forward Leo Messi will still be in contention though after he scored a record-breaking 61 goals last season for FC Barcelona.