Argentine Messi is the favourite to retain the prize he won last year after scoring 72 goals in 60 appearances last season, compared to Ronaldo's 66 strikes in 61 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Andreas Iniesta nominated for UEFA award
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Andreas Iniesta are on UEFA's three-man shortlist for their Best Player in Europe Award.
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