Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale may be leading the chase for the best player on the continent, but the Wigan star was a surprise inclusion in the top names
Paul Pogba may be set to become the most expensive player in football history after attracting intense interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid, but Wigan star Will Grigg is just as valuable as the Juventus talisman, going by UEFA's rankings.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale are the headline names topping UEFA's shortlist for the Best Player in Europe Award for the 2015-16 campaign, but the Northern Ireland international was a surprise inclusion in the top names.
The 'Will Grigg is on fire' chant from Northern Ireland fans was a big hit at Euro 2016 despite the 25-year-old not getting any game time in France this summer, but he still managed to come in joint 25th in the governing body's list of the best players for the season.
Grigg came in at the same ranking as the likes of the highly-coveted Pogba, Champions League finalist Diego Godin and Italian champion Giorgio Chiellini.
The Wigan forward, who scored 25 goals in 40 games in England's second tier last term, even came in above Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain's Blaise Matuidi.