UEFA names shortlist for award
NYON, Switzerland -- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are competing with four Champions League winners from Bayern Munich in a 10-man contest to be named UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2012-13 season.
UEFA published on Tuesday the candidate list which included Arjen Robben, whose late goal clinched Bayern's 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium.
Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski makes the list which features no defenders or goalkeepers.
Barcelona's Messi, the 2011 award winner, and Real Madrid top-scorer Ronaldo are also joined by Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) and Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
The award is presented on Aug. 29 at the Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco.