Soccer-Ribery makes final three for UEFA best player award (Reuters)

BERNE, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when the final three contenders for the 2012/13 UEFA Best Player in Europe award were named on Tuesday. The Frenchman, who played a major role in Bayern’s Champions League-winning season, is the first player from a club other than Barcelona and Real Madrid to make the final three since the award was established by European soccer’s ruling body in 2011. Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the inaugural award followed by Spaniard Andres Iniesta, his Barcelona team mate, last year. …

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