Bangor City’s Leslie Davies Rubs Shoulders With Messi And Ronaldo On Shortlist For UEFA Gong

Alan Duffy

16th, July 2012


 By Alan Duffy

Photo courtesy of Copamedia

Slap bang in the middle of UEFA’s 32-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award, amidst a sea of iconic superstars such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo, lies the rather less well-known Leslie Davies. The Bangor City striker bagged 16 goals in 31 games for Bangor in 2011/12 and has represented Wales at U21 level. However, very few people saw this high-profile inclusion coming.

So how did the unknown attacker end up on such a star-spangled list? Well, not surprisingly, it seems that patriotic Welsh journalists have been at the centre of the shock inclusion, using their votes to push one of their own. A statement for UEFA explained the voting process:

 “A jury of journalists from each of UEFA’s 53 member associations has provided a list of their best-ranked players. The players are ordered from one to five, with the first receiving five points, the second four points and so on.”

“On 14 August, will reveal the three players with the most points overall from the first round of voting. They will then proceed to the live vote in Monaco when the same journalists will use an electronic system to determine the winner from the three candidates.”

Fair play to the Welsh journos, I say. Although I doubt the 27-year-old Davies, known as ‘The Truck’, has much of a chance of making it to the final three. Messi won the first edition of the award last year, by the way.

Here’s the full list of nominees –

Sergio Agüero (ARG) – Manchester City FC
Xabi Alonso (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Mario Balotelli (ITA) – Manchester City FC
Jakub Błaszczykowski (POL) – Borussia Dortmund
Gianluigi Buffon (ITA) – Juventus
Iker Casillas (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Petr Čech (CZE) – Chelsea FC
Fábio Coentrão (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Leslie Davies (WAL) – Bangor City FC
Didier Drogba (CIV) – Chelsea FC (now at Shanghai Shenhua FC)
Cesc Fàbregas (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Falcao (COL) – Club Atlético de Madrid
Joe Hart (ENG) – Manchester City FC
Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE) – AC Milan
Andrés Iniesta (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Shinji Kagawa (JPN) – Borussia Dortmund (now at Manchester United FC)
Vincent Kompany (BEL) – Manchester City FC
Frank Lampard (ENG) – Chelsea FC
Lionel Messi (ARG) – FC Barcelona
Luka Modrić (CRO) – Tottenham Hotspur FC
Mesut Özil (GER) – Real Madrid CF
Pepe (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Andrea Pirlo (ITA) – Juventus
Sergio Ramos (ESP) – Real Madrid CF
Raúl González (ESP) – FC Schalke 04 (now at al-Sadd Sports Club)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Real Madrid CF
Wayne Rooney (ENG) – Manchester United FC
David Silva (ESP) – Manchester City FC
Fernando Torres (ESP) – Chelsea FC
Yaya Touré (CIV) – Manchester City FC
Robin van Persie (NED) – Arsenal FC
Xavi Hernández (ESP) – FC Barcelona