France Football have this afternoon published an article, in which they provide an in-depth explanation for PSG star Neymar being omitted from the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Ballon d’Or nominees
The latest edition of world football’s most prized individual accolade is set to be handed out in two months’ time.
As such, ahead of the ceremony, which will take place in Paris on December 2nd, the latest batch of stars in line to take their respective places in the French capital were last night announced.
As is the case each year, 30 players from around the globe were selected, with the absence of Luka Modric from the shortlist meaning that there is certain to be a new Ballon d’Or winner crowned for 2019.
The current favourite to take home the prize is Lionel Messi, which would mark a record-breaking 6th golden ball for the Argentine.
Elsewhere on the list, Liverpool were rewarded for their Champions League triumph with a hefty 7 nominees.
Premier League champions Manchester City, meanwhile, see 5 stars up for December’s award.
The full 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or is showcased below:
- Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands)
- Bernardo Silva (Man City/Portugal)
- Heung-min Son (Tottenham/South Korea)
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/Brazil)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal)
- Alisson Becker (Liverpool/Brazil)
- Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus/Netherlands)
- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
- Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool/Netherlands)
- Kylian Mbappé (PSG/France)
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool/England)
- Donny van de Beek (Ajax/Netherlands)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon)
- Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany)
- Sadio Mané (Liverpool/Senegal)
- Sergio Agüero (Man City/Argentina)
- Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona/Netherlands)
- Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/France)
- Dusan Tadic (Ajax/Serbia)
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)
- Riyad Mahrez (Man City/Algeria)
- Kevin De Bruyne (Man City/Belgium)
- Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/Senegal)
- Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid/Barcelona/France)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt)
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid/Belgium)
- Marquinhos (PSG/Brazil)
- Raheem Sterling (Liverpool/England)
- João Félix (Benfica/Atlético Madrid/Portugal)
Neymar misses out
One superstar name to have been absent from last night’s list of candidates, however, was Neymar.
The PSG star’s Ballon d’Or omission came as his first since 2010.
France Football, though, who are responsible for choosing the players up for the annual award, have this afternoon clarified exactly why they opted to leave Neymar off their latest list.
In a detailed piece, which can be viewed in full here, FF provide a comprehensive roundup of the reasons behind their decision, with the key points of note outlined below:
January 23: First injury of the year
March 6: Insults against PSG-Manchester United referee
April 27: Coming together with a supporter after the final of the Coupe de France
June 6: Injury with the Brazilian selection that deprived him of the Copa America
August 9: Accused of rape, Neymar is finally cleared
The soap opera of the summer: The aborted transfer to FC Barcelona
October 13: Another injury with the Brazilian selection