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Ballon d'Or Snubbed XI

On Monday, the 30 nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or award were announced, but several high-profile players missed out. Here is a line-up of players who were snubbed, and it includes stars from Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Manchester United.

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Every year, there are some shortlisted players whose selections are easily justified, while others are more debatable. Along with the nominees are those players who can feel hard done by for missing out.

We compiled a line-up of stars who were snubbed for the 2018 edition of the award, and it includes Manchester United's David de Gea in goal. The shot-stopper was voted into the official FIFA FIFPro World XI by his peers, but France Football's editorial team did not nominate him for their Ballon d'Or.

Dani Alves is another player who made the World XI but not the Ballon d'Or shortlist, and he is joined in defence by FC Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, as well as Leonardo Bonucci. Pique and Alba, in particular, could feel hard done by after winning the domestic double in Spain and losing just one LaLiga game last season.

In midfield, Sergio Busquets and Philippe Coutinho, who joined the Catalan giants halfway through the 2017/18 campaign after impressing for Liverpool, experienced a similar fate to their teammates above. Toni Kroos and David Silva complete our midfield four after both were snubbed despite the former winning the UEFA Champions League and the latter being part of the Manchester City team that had a record-breaking Premier League campaign.

Read: Nominees For Ballon d'Or Revealed – Part 1

Read: Nominees For Ballon d'Or Revealed – Part 2

Up front, Paulo Dybala was not named on the shortlist despite experiencing his best goalscoring season in Italy, while the Bundesliga's top goalscorer, Robert Lewandowski, was also not named among the 30 Ballon d'Or nominees.

Which of these stars do you think deserved to be on the Ballon d'Or shortlist? Have your say in the comments section below.


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