Andres Iniesta disagrees with UEFA's Best Player finalists

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The three finalists for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award were announced today and certainly raised a few eyebrows.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann were selected from an original shortlist of ten to contend the prestigious award, with the winner set to be announced on August 25.

The glaring omissions of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez surprised plenty of fans and players alike. Andres Iniesta has now also reacted to the selection and admitted his choice of finalists would have looked entirely different.

Given the fierce rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid, it is highly unlikely Iniesta would have chosen either Ronaldo or Bale in his final three.

Although the 32-year-old did not reveal exactly who he would have picked, it is pretty safe to assume at least two-thirds of the 'MSN' frontline would have been included.

Barcelona's captain was speaking ahead of a glamorous pre-season tie with Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday and was unable to hide his disappointment when asked about the award.

"Everyone has their reasons and people vote for who they consider to be the best," Iniesta said.

"I had put other players on that list, but each person has their own opinion."

The Catalan hero has played with some of the very best the game has produced so should have a pretty good eye for a great player but once you've spent so much time alongside Messi and Suarez, it is easy to understand why Iniesta's opinion on the subject might not be the most neutral.

Messi can certainly feel hard done by to not be in contention after another largely productive season at the Camp Nou.

His 26 La Liga goals were accompanied by six more in the Champions League but it is thought Barcelona's failure to make it past the quarter-finals of the competition may have cost him his place in the last three.

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