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Will Grigg receives same amount of votes as Paul Pogba in UEFA award

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It's been quite a season for Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg, and things have got that much crazier for the Northern Ireland striker.

Grigg has received the same amount of votes as Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in the UEFA's Best Player in Europe Award. Yes, you did read that right.

The 25-year-old has burst into the spotlight following an impressive season in League One with the Latics, but he's more famous for something other than his goalscoring ability.

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Despite notching 25 goals for Wigan last season, Grigg's popularity rose throughout the season thanks to a catchy song that took over the nation, much like the 'Kolo, Yaya' chant did the previous year.

'Will Grigg's On Fire' swept the footballing nation and took over Euro 2016 thanks to the striker being called up by Northern Ireland, and despite not playing a single minute of football, he was still seen as one of the highlights of the tournament.

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The chant was even converted to different nations, with English fans singing 'Jamie Vardy's On Fire', and French fans singing 'Griezmann's On Fire'.

The song became so popular, it reached No.6 in the iTunes chart and it made that sure Grigg became a well-known figure across Europe.

Despite not kicking a ball in Euro 2016, Grigg's popularity has been proven by the fact he was voted as one of the 37 players for UEFA's Best Player in Europe Award.

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To make it even more alarming, the Northern Ireland striker received the same amount of votes as Pogba, who is being valued at around £100 million, and received more votes than Bundesliga's top goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Sadly for Grigg, however, he didn't receive enough votes to be included in the 10-man shortlist, which is voted for by journalists from UEFA's 55 member associations.

The 10-man shortlist contains: Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Toni Kroos, Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Gianluigi Buffon, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez.

Despite not making the shortlist, it's safe to say football fans have been quick to share their opinion regarding the fact Grigg received the same amount of votes as Pogba in the first place.

Here you can see just some of the reaction from fans on Twitter.

The shortlist will eventually be whittled down to just three players, with the winner being announced during the Champions League draw in Monaco at the end of August.

Despite having a season to remember, Grigg won't be taking home the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, but he can rest easy knowing he's got a season in the Championship to look forward to next season, following Wigan's promotion from League One.

Grigg has been with the Latics since 2015 and has made 40 league appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals in the process.

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