BREAKING NEWS: Messi misses out as Bale, Ronaldo, Griezmann in running for UEFA award


Lionel Messi is not among the three finalists for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mate Gareth Bale as well as Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann make up the final list.

Messi was not even placed fourth in the long list of 10 candidates as Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez bumped him down to fifth.

The award, which Messi won last year, is voted for by journalists from UEFA's member nations.