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Bayern Munich quartet highlights UEFA's Best Player shortlist

Four players from the reigning Bundesliga and European champions made the cut, and they are joined by the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Five Bundesliga players have been named on UEFA's 10-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award.

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger join Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski in being nominated for the prize after the Bavarian side's treble-winning 2012-13 campaign. 

Also on the list are four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a stunning 107 goals between them last season, with the Argentine lifting the Liga title with the Blaugrana.

The Premier League's Player of the Year, Gareth Bale, also features on the list after scoring 31 times for club and country last season, and he is joined by Manchester United's Robin van Persie in players nominated from England.

The Dutchman enjoyed a prolific first season at Old Trafford, scoring 30 goals from 48 appearances in all competitions as he helped guide his side to the Premier League title.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was a major force in helping Paris Saint-Germain win Ligue 1, rounds out the finalists. The imposing Swede grabbed 37 goals during his first season at the Parc des Princes -- a campaign that also saw PSG reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League before bowing out on away goals to Barcelona.

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