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Cristiano is favourite for the Best Player in Europe Award

On Thursday UEFA will announce the three-player shortlist for Europe's player of the year. James Rodríguez and Ángel Di María are also in the running.

UEFA will publish the three names to make the final shortlist for the Best Player in Europe Award. Cristiano Ronaldo is the hot favourite to win the award in the final round of votes - with participation from 53 journalists, one from each of UEFA’s member associations - due to take place on 28 August shortly before the Champions League group stage draw.

Currently, in addition to Cristiano Ronaldo, there are nine other players in contention for the award: Diego Costa, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben, Leo Messi, Luis Suárez, Ángel Di María and James Rodríguez

The forthcoming edition with be the fourth instalment of the trophy created by Platini. The previous winners were Messi, Iniesta and Ribéry, who won last year after beating Messi and this year’s favourite Cristiano Ronaldo in the final round of votes.

Real Madrid will be out in force at the event due to both Cristiano Ronaldo's chances of coming out on top and the possibility of one of their new signings, James Rodríguez, being included in the final three. In addition to the club’s vice-president Pedro López Jiménez and Emilio Butragueño, regulars at the Champions League draws, club president Florentino Pérez is also expected to attend.

Estadísticas AS.com