Robin van Persie is on a 10-man shortlist for UEFA’s 2012/13 Best Player in Europe award.
Van Persie not only won his first Premier League title, but reclaimed the top goalscorer crown ahead of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale.
Bale has already earned the PFA Footballer of the Year award and is being linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid. However Florentino Pérez said yesterday that the club have not yet made an offer for the Welsh star.
The 10-man shortlist is as follows:
Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid CF
Zlatan Ibrahimović – Paris Saint-Germain
Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund
Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona
Thomas Müller – FC Bayern München
Franck Ribéry – FC Bayern München
Arjen Robben – FC Bayern München
Bastian Schweinsteiger – FC Bayern München
Robin van Persie – Manchester United
It will be reduced to three players next month before a winner – elected by journalists – is announced on August 29 at the draw for the Champions League group stage.