Ballon d’Or shortlist for 2014

Ballon d Or

The 23-man shortlist for the Fifa 2014 world footballer of the year award is out. The current Fifa player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite this year and if he is successful, it would net him the award for the third time.

While Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to retain the award he is up against his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale. Lionel Messi is naturally on the list alongside team-mate Neymar, while new recruit Suarez is not on the list due to his suspension from all football activity for four months for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup. A real shame considering he was the Premier League’s top scorer on 31 goals in 33 matches for Liverpool.

Here is the list of players in alphabetical order:

  1. Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern Munich),
  2. Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona),
  3. Angel Di Maria (Argentina, Manchester United),
  4. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich),
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid),
  6. Diego Costa (Spain, Chelsea),
  7. Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea),
  8. Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid),
  9. James Rodriguez (Colombia, Real Madrid),
  10. Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona),
  11. Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid),
  12. Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona),
  13. Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich),
  14. Mario Gotze (Germany, Bayern Munich),
  15. Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona),
  16. Paul Pogba (France, Juventus),
  17. Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich),
  18. Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid),
  19. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea),
  20. Thomas Muller (Germany, Bayern Munich),
  21. Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid),
  22. Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Manchester City).
  23. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris St-Germain),

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