Liga stars confirmed as the contenders for UEFA's annual individual prize

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Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are up against Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for UEFA’s 2014-15 Best Player in Europe award.

European football’s governing body announced an initial 10-man list in July and UEFA has now confirmed that that Messi, Suarez and Ronaldo have been selected for the three-man shortlist.

The longlist included eight 2014-15 Champions League finalists with journalists from each of UEFA’s 54 member associations – including Gavin Hamilton of World Soccer, representing England – providing their five top players.

The winner will by announced by the 54-member jury vote at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 28.

Last year’s award was won by Cristiano Ronaldo following Real Madrid’s 2014 Champions League victory. But after his goals in Barcelona’s European Supercup victory over Sevilla, as well as the club’s treble last season, Messi will be the favourite to reclaim the award he himself won in 2013.