Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the 10-man short-list for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award, but Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal were cut.
The two Juventus players were on the original 26-man long-list for the trophy – the only Italian or Serie A representatives – but did not make it to the final 10.
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.
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 Müller (GER) – Bayern Munich
Franck Ribéry (FRA) – Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben (NED) – Bayern Munich
Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER) – Bayern Munich
Robin van Persie (NED) – Manchester United
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