The three topped a vote among sports media from the 54 UEFA members, with the winner to be announced at the August 27 Champions League draw.
Ronaldo won the award last year while Messi topped the list in 2011. Messi and Suarez won a title treble with Barca last season, and Messi and Ronaldo are tied on a record 77 career goals in the Champions League.
Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon missed the final shortlist in fourth place, and so did the third barca attacking star Neymar in fifth.
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