UEFA's decision to nominate Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for the best player in Europe award has angered Barcelona, admits sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre.
Bale can also boast Champions League success this season and was instrumental in guiding Wales to an unlikely Euro 2016 semi-final in France this summer.
Griezmann, meanwhile, was the catalyst for Atletico's impressive run to the Champions League final, as well as leading the line for France as they made it to the final of Euro 2016 on the back of his six-goal haul.
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The final decision will be announced at the group stage draw for the Champions League on August 25, with another stellar season in Europe's premier club competition in store.
Lionel Messi starred as Barcelona successfully retained their Liga crown in 2015-16, scoring 41 goals in all competitions - 26 of those in the league. It means UEFA overlooked 10 months of club play and focused as much as possible on the one month of the Euros, which is generally a bad way of looking at an award meant to recognize excellence over an entire year.
The trio have been selected as the best European-based players by a jury comprised of journalists from every Uefa nation, with WalesOnline representing the Welsh vote.
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Suarez and Messi are coming off a near-perfect season that saw Barcelona win both the La Liga and Spanish Cup titles.
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"There is no comparison between the two of them [Ronaldo and Messi]".
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"In the end, it's what a player does on the pitch that counts and Messi has been the best".