NYON, Switzerland – World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Champions League-winning forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Dutch star Arjen Robben are vying for honors as the best player in Europe.
The shortlist was announced Thursday by European soccer's governing body. The three topped a poll of journalists from 54 member countries. Those voters selected the original 10-candidate list. The winner will be announced Aug. 28 at the Champions League draw in Monaco.
Neuer, of Germany and Bayern Munich, was honored as outstanding goalkeeper at the World Cup. Ronaldo's 17 Champions League goals for Real Madrid was a competition record. Robben helped the Netherlands and Bayern reach the semifinals of the Champions League and World Cup.
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Franck Ribery previously won the award.