Bale was named the PFA Player of the Year, the PFA Young Player of the Year and the Footballer of the Year in England after a sensational season for Tottenham in 2012-13.
Now he faces competition from the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win an award that is growing in prestige after being introduced as a replacement for the Ballon d'Or, which has now been incorporated by FIFA.
The award will be handed out in Monaco on August 29 and was voted by a jury of journalists from each of UEFA’s member associations.
This is only the third edition of the award, introduced by UEFA President Michel Platini.
Champions League beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund have only one player: Robert Lewandowski.
The top 10 players will be whittled down to three candidates in a second vote, with the ultimate winner decided in a live poll on August 29 during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.
UEFA said in a statement that it had also launched a Best Women's Player in Europe award, with the first winner to be unveiled on September 5.
UEFA Best Player in Europe award nominees:
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Real Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE) – Paris Saint-Germain
Robert Lewandowski (POL) – Borussia Dortmund
Lionel Messi (ARG) – Barcelona
Thomas Mueller (GER) – Bayern Munich
Franck Ribery (FRA) – Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben (NED) – Bayern Munich
Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER) – Bayern Munich
Robin van Persie (NED) – Manchester United
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