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Best European football player: Griezmann, Bale or Ronaldo?

Best European football player: Griezmann, Bale or Ronaldo?Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The three finalists for the award were chosen by journalists from UEFA'S member nations.

Wales’s talisman Gareth Bale is one of two Real Madrid representatives in line for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. This year he won the Champions League with Real Madrid. Together with Wales he reached the semi-finals at June's EURO-2016, the greatest achievement in countries football history.

Another great year for Cristiano Ronaldo, who was there as Real Madrid picked up the European Cup for an 11th time. Also for the first time in career he gained success with his national team when Portugal got UEFA EURO 2016 golden medals.

A season that promised so much for club and country ultimately went unrewarded for Antoine Griezmann. But his club Atletico Madrid made its way to the second Champions League final in three years. His team didn’t succeed at EURO 2016. But the striker was named Player of the Tournament and won the adidas Golden Boot at UEFA EURO 2016.

Last year's winner Messi finished fifth in the voting, one place below his Barcelona team mate Suarez, who missed out on the top three despite scoring 59 goals in 53 appearances for the Spanish side.

The winner will be named during the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 25 August. Past editions have been won by Lionel Messi (2011, 2015), Andrés Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribéry (2013) and Ronaldo (2014).
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