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Will Grigg joins £100m Paul Pogba in UEFA's Best Player list

Published 18/07/2016

Northern Ireland player Will Grigg
Northern Ireland player Will Grigg

Will Grigg might not have had any pitch time during Euro 2016 but he certainly made an impact and he has now been lined up alongside £100m player Paul Pogba as the best in Europe.

The footballer is a surprise inclusion coming number 25, joint with Juventus and France international Pogba, Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Grigg made his mark on the footballing world after scoring 25 goals to help his League One club Wigan gain promotion to the Championship.

Fans of the club created the Will Grigg’s on Fire chant that was soon taken on board by Northern Ireland fans and quickly spread across Europe.

The list was created by journalists from each of UEFA's 55 member associations who provided a list of their five best-ranked players.

The ten players with the most points advance to the second vote, which will determine the three finalists to be named on August 5.

The list includes Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

The jury will then cast their votes for the outright winner, which will be announced during the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on 25 August.

Last year's winner Lionel Messi will be looking to collect his third award after scooping the first in 2011.

 

The final nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)

Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid & France)

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)

Thomas Müller (Bayern München & Germany)

Manuel Neuer (Bayern München & Germany)

Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)

Luis Suárez (Barcelona & Uruguay)

In total, 37 players picked up votes in the initial poll; those not in the final shortlist are revealed below in order of how they finished:

11 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester & Algeria)

12 Jamie Vardy (Leicester & England)

13 Dimitri Payet (West Ham & France)

14 Jérôme Boateng (Bayern München & Germany)

15 Arturo Vidal (Bayern München & Chile)

16 Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia)

17 N'Golo Kanté (Leicester & France)

18 Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United & Sweden)

19= Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)

19= Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)

19= Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil)

19= Renato Sanches (Benfica/Bayern München & Portugal)

23 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München & Poland)

24 Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli & Argentina)

25= Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus & Italy)

25= Diego Godin (Atlético Madrid & Uruguay)

25= Will Grigg (Wigan & Northern Ireland)

25= Hugo Lloris (Tottenham & France)

25= Paul Pogba (Juventus & France)

30= Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham & Belgium)

30= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund & Gabon)

30= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)

30= Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla & France)

30= Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla/Paris Saint-Germain & Poland)

30= Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain & France)

30= Georges-Kévin N'Koudou (Marseille & France)

30= Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid & Slovenia)

 

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