An impressive ten Ligue 1 goals for an Olympique Lyonnais team which reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time ensured Michel Bastos of an appearance on this year's shortlist. Fábio Coentrão rose to prominence at the FIFA World Cup with Portugal, while the Netherlands' Giovanni van Bronckhorst scored a stunning long-range strike in the last four against Uruguay before retiring from football on the grandest stage of all − the World Cup final.
John Arne Riise provided a goal threat in an impressive season for AS Roma in which the Giallorossi pushed hard for the Serie A title, and Ashley Cole enjoyed another consistent club campaign for Chelsea FC which culminated in him collecting a record sixth FA Cup winners' medal. Which of this quintet caught your eye?
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