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Biggest Stars Snubbed From Ballon d’Or Shortlist

Biggest Stars Snubbed From Ballon d’Or Shortlist

By David Kappel - Oct 10, 2017 01:09 PM @kappilinho

The 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist was released on Monday, but these 10 massive names were snubbed – including two Manchester United stars.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery to see which 10 superstars were snubbed.

Paul Pogba lifted three trophies in his first season at United but many still expected more from the club record signing. After making the Ballon d’Or shortlists between 2014 and 2016, finishing in 14th spot last year, France Football decided to snub him for this year’s Golden Ball.

Similarly, his teammate, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also not selected despite scoring 28 goals and assisting another 10 in his debut season in England.

Another big omission on the 30-man shortlist is Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves. The Brazilian starred for the Serie A giants Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, helping them to reach the final and lifted two trophies in his one season in Italy.

However, it wasn’t enough for France Football’s journalists to select him among this year’s nominees. 

Nominees For Ballon d'Or Revealed – Part 1

Nominees For Ballon d'Or Revealed – Part 2

Find other snubbed superstars in the gallery, including a Real Madrid player, a FC Barcelona stalwart, who missed out for the first time in seven years, and Arsenal’s most dangerous player, as pointed out by France Football themselves.

Which players do you think would have deserved a spot on the 30-man shortlist? Have your say in the comments section below.


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musah005 Joined: 05 Mar 2017
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musah005 Oct 10, 2017 07:19 PM
There was nothing special about Iniesta last season as he was usually used as a back up
Zugo48 Joined: 03 Sep 2016
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Zugo48 Oct 10, 2017 05:20 PM
Pogba.. .??? For what...?..for being most expensive last season maybe.Casemeiro..Cristian Eriksen and Alexis Sanchez I would say...deserve atleast nominations.
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Rapville Oct 10, 2017 04:22 PM
Pogba should have been shortlisted
majasp Joined: 13 Aug 2014
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majasp Oct 10, 2017 03:49 PM
Sehlogo sa papadi ya bolo,, Pogba was recently named as Europa league player of the tournament but today cant make 30 man list, this is not good for football. How do one become the best in July then three month down the line is the worst.
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Warras4khosi Oct 10, 2017 01:29 PM
Kuzobonakala sekuqoqwa

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