Premier League duo Van Persie and Bale make Uefa Best Player shortlist

The pair starred for their respective teams last season, while five Bundesliga players have also been nominated alongside La Liga rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United forward Robin van Persie and Tottenham's Gareth Bale have both been shortlisted for Uefa's Best Player of Europe award.

The Netherlands international was the Premier League's top goalscorer last season with 26 strikes as United lifted the title, while Bale was awarded both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

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A massive five players from the Bundesliga, all of whom took part in May's Champions League final at Wembley, have also been shortlisted for the award.

Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich join Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski on the 10-man list after a year in which the Bavarian side won the treble.

Joining the Bundesliga players is four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona as well as Real Madrid's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

The latter two players' respective sides were eliminated by Bayern and Dortmund in the semi-finals of the Champions League in two games which marked the re-emergence of German sides in Europe's top competition.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was a major force in helping Paris Saint-Germain win Ligue 1, is also in with a chance having grabbed 37 goals during his first season at the Parc des Princes.