|Messi, Ronaldo & Xavi UEFA Best European Player candidates|
The prize was virtually pulled out of the UEFA hat this year as a possible reaction to the France Football - FIFA Golden Ball, were this time its UEFA which hads in the Best Player in a European Club independiently of his natiuonalty for the season. The 25th of August winner will have the privilege of being the first to win this converted prize. One thinks that the idea behind this incentive is to give back UEFA ( as an organization ) its protagonist role & stimulate Football business driving & stimulating the individual elements with extra sales & marketing.
The favourite beforehand looks like Lionel Messi if we are to follow the logic after he won the France Football - FIFA Best World Player Award. But we have been surprised in the pass as "outside" influences may tip the decision according to their own particular logic. Said this, we await the chosen date to know who was considered the "Best Player in European Football" for last season.
Here is the list of the discarded players that made up the Top 10:
4 Andrés Iniesta (SP) - FC Barcelona (33 pts)
5 Falcao (COL) - FC Porto (17)
6 Wayne Rooney (ENG) - Manchester United FC (15)
7 Nemanja Vidić (SRB) - Manchester United FC (5)
8 Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE) - AC Milan (4)
Gerard Piqué (SP) - FC Barcelona (4)
10 Manuel Neuer (GER) - FC Schalke 04* (now Bayarn Munich)