Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez up for Best Player in Europe Award

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luiz Suarez have been announced as the final three candidates for the 2014-15 Uefa Best Player in Europe award.

The award, created in 2011, is given to a European-based player deemed the player of the previous season and is voted by the journalists from each of UEFA’s 54 member associations.

Ronaldo, who picked up the trophy last year, earns another nomination after a season in which he scored 61 goals in 54 appearances and claimed the Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Messi and Suarez, meanwhile, formed a fearsome attacking partnership with Neymar that helped inspire Barcelona to the treble in Luis Enrique’s first season in charge.

Ronaldo and the Barca duo finished ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Neymar and Chelsea star Eden Hazard in the running for the award.

Juventus had five players in the top ten. Gianluigi Buffon (4), Andrea Pirlo (7), Arturo Vidal (8), Carlos Tevez (9), and  Paul Pogba (10).

The Premier League had one representative, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard who finished sixth.

“Journalists from each of UEFA’s 54 member associations provided a list of their five best-ranked players, with the first receiving five points, the second four, and so on,” read a statement on UEFA’s website.

“The ten players with the most points advanced to the second vote, which has determined the three finalists named today.”

The winner will be announced at the Champions League group-stage draw on August 27, where a jury will vote for one of the final trio.