Thursday 19 April 2018

Will Grigg's on fire: Northern Ireland man on list of best players in Europe alongside £100million man Paul Pogba

Will Griggs has made the list of Europe's best players
Will Griggs has made the list of Europe's best players

Will Grigg's on fire and Europe has taken note. The Wigan striker has been named on a list of Europe's best players for 2015/16 alongside stellar names such as £100million man Paul Pogba.

Journalists from 55 countries have voted for their best-ranked players in Europe with the shortlist of 10 progressing to contest who will win this year's Ballon d'Or.

The first vote on each of the journalists' lists received five points, second place received four, third place three, fourth two and one for fifth.

Here is the shortlist of 10 (in alphabetical order)

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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