Messi & Ronaldo on award shortlist

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among a 10-man shortlist nominated for the 2012/13 UEFA Best Player in Europe award.

The Clasico duo have been named alongside four Bayern Munich players, two more from the Premier League and one representing Ligue 1.

The award, which was set up in 2011 by Michel Platini is to honour and celebrate the best player on the continent.

The accolade is voted for by journalists from each of UEFA's member states. Each journalist provided a list of their five best-ranked players.

The players are then ordered from one to five, with the first receiving five points, the second four points and so on.

The award will be handed out on August 29 in Monaco during the group stage draw for the Champions League.

Full list of nominees:

Gareth Bale  – Tottenham Hotspur
Cristiano Ronaldo  – Real Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimović  – Paris Saint-Germain
Robert Lewandowski  – Borussia Dortmund
Lionel Messi  – Barcelona
Thomas Müller  – Bayern Munich
Franck Ribéry  – Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben  – Bayern Munich
Bastian Schweinsteiger  – Bayern Munich
Robin van Persie  – Manchester United

Messi won the award in 2011, with Andres Iniesta picking it up the following year.

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