The decision is made on the 11/12 season as well as performances in Euro 2012. It is of no surprise that the lost contains 8 Spanish national players including the likes of Xavi and Iniesta, who are the 'heart and soul' of both Spain and Barcelona.
As well as the title winning superstars and Champions League legends, there appears to be one player who is significantly out of their depth. I'll let you see if you can spot them...
32-man short-list for UEFA best player in Europe:
Sergio Agüero (ARG) – Manchester City FC
Xabi Alonso (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Mario Balotelli (ITA) – Manchester City FC
Jakub Błaszczykowski (POL) – Borussia Dortmund
Gianluigi Buffon (ITA) – Juventus
Iker Casillas (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Petr Čech (CZE) – Chelsea FC
Fábio Coentrão (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Leslie Davies (WAL) – Bangor City FC
Didier Drogba (CIV) – Chelsea FC (now at Shanghai Shenhua FC)
Cesc Fàbregas (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Falcao (COL) – Club Atlético de Madrid
Joe Hart (ENG) – Manchester City FC
Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE) – AC Milan
Andrés Iniesta (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Shinji Kagawa (JPN) – Borussia Dortmund (now at Manchester United FC)
Vincent Kompany (BEL) – Manchester City FC
Frank Lampard (ENG) – Chelsea FC
Lionel Messi (ARG) – FC Barcelona
Luka Modrić (CRO) – Tottenham Hotspur FC
Mesut Özil (GER) – Real Madrid CF
Pepe (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Andrea Pirlo (ITA) – Juventus
Sergio Ramos (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Raúl González (ESP) – FC Schalke 04 (now at al-Sadd Sports Club)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Wayne Rooney (ENG) – Manchester United FC
David Silva (ESP) – Manchester City FC
Fernando Torres (ESP) – Chelsea FC
Yaya Touré (CIV) – Manchester City FC
Robin van Persie (NED) – Arsenal FC
Xavi Hernández (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Did you spot him? Did you spot Leslie Davies of Bangor City FC!?
'The Truck' as he is known to his team mates and supporter(s), stands at 6'3" and weighs a gentleman's 17st. Which is perhaps why he is now classified as a European heavyweight...
With 'The Truck' managing to force his way onto the short-list you would imagine that he had been setting the Welsh Premier League alight.
Kind of. He scored 16 goals last season, meaning that we didn't even top the scoring charts, in fact he was third. Rhys Griffiths and Greg Draper (1st and 2nd in the scoring charts respectively) must be wondering what more they have to do before they are picked for these prestigious awards.
A quick youtube search quickly shows why he is on the list. A list of videos, many of which are 4/5 years old displaying his talent and bulk. This is the most recent one I could find. Here he is scoring against a Wigan development side... Watch and learn Messi.
Apparently he is on the list as one passionate Welsh journalist voted for him, placing him on top of his list above the likes of Ronaldo and Rooney, giving him enough votes to sneak onto the list. As odd as it may be, I hope he enjoys his moment and eventually wins it... If failing that, I expect Man City to put in a multi-million pound bid for him tomorrow morning.
Good luck Leslie Davies. Keep on trucking!