UEFA award's lack of Barcelona finalists is 'scandalous' - Jordi Mestre
The absence of Barcelona players from the finalists for UEFA's Best Player in Europe Award is "scandalous," the club's vice president Jordi Mestre says.
The likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were not included when the finalists were announced on Friday, with the honours instead going to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and Atletico's Antoine Grizemann.
"It doesn't seem the right decision to me at all," Mestre told TV3. "I don't know what criteria UEFA applied, with all respect to the chosen winners, but I disagree.
"That our players aren't there, such as Suarez or Messi, is scandalous.
"The club are very disappointed and angry."
Barcelona won La Liga last season, with Suarez scoring a remarkable 59 goals in all competition, while Messi -- who has won the award twice before -- added 41.
Ronaldo scored 51 goals in all competitions as Real Madrid edged Atletico for the Champions League crown.
All three finalists also reached the semifinals of Euro 2016, with Ronaldo's Portugal the victors, while Barcelona's three stars are all from South America.
Journalists from each of UEFA's 55 member associations provided an initial list of their five best players, with the 10 gaining the most points advancing to a second vote to determine the final three.
The winner of the award will be voted for at the Champions League group stage draw on Aug. 25.
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