Two Real Madrid players are shortlisted for the Best Player in Europe award.
- Ángel di María
- Cristiano Ronaldo
Also receiving votes were Sergio Ramos (11), Gareth Bale (19), and Karim Benzema (24). The three finalists will be named on August 14. The award will be handed out on August 28, during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.
In disciplinary news, Xabi Alonso has been handed a one-match ban for his incident during May’s Champions League final. His suspension will go into effect for his next eligible match, August 12’s Super Cup against Sevilla.
In addition, the club has been fined €18,000 for improper team conduct (5+ yellow cards) and for improper conduct of supporters (setting off fireworks).
Edited to add:
UEFA’s Emergency Panel ruled today that effective immediately, yellow cards from the start of the group stage will be wiped at the completion of the quarter-finals.
Therefore, bookings will not carry over in the semi-finals. This ruling means players won’t be in danger of missing the final due to yellow card accumulation, e.g. Xabi Alonso last season.