Premier League - Bale makes UEFA award shortlist

Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale has made the shortlist for the UEFA Best Player in Europe award.

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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.

Naturally, Champions League winners Bayern Munich dominate with four nominees, but Europa League winners Chelsea have no representatives at all.

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:

Gareth Bale (WAL) – Tottenham Hotspur

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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