FIFA Announces 2014 Ballon d’Or 23-Man Shortlist


The shortlist for the Ballon d’Or was revealed late Monday and it is nothing short of a 23-man fantasy team. Six out of the 23 include World Cup winning Germans in addition to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The list is packed from top to bottom with soccer’s greatest players in all positions, offering fans with a highlight into some of 2014’s most exciting, successful , and outstanding players from across Europe.

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  • Outside of the normal plethora of attacking players stands goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is often regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world, and who I believe has been consistent and powerful enough to challenge for the award. In the same position, wonder youngster Thibaut Courtois, also represents the outsider role for his outstanding time at Athletico Madrid and Belgium during the Summer’s World Cup.

    The list also includes defender and UEFA Champions League winner Sergio Ramos. His performances for Real Madrid in 2014 put him into theoretical contention. Javier Mascherano also shares the defender spots with Ramos, but he doesn’t share the same World Cup experience as the Argentine was a large part of their success as well as man power.

    To add to the list of non-attackers lies the only African representative, Yaya Toure. His agility, pace and skill for a man his size is so unique that his name in the shortlist is in no form surprising, let alone the significance he brings to Manchester City.

    July 9, 2014; Sao Paulo, BRAZIL; Netherlands player Nigel de Jong (left) and Argentina player Javier Mascherano slide for the ball during the semifinal match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

    The shame lies in one player whose existence in 2014 could not have been ignored but was not on the shortlist – Luis Suarez. His own destructive behavior has completely stripped his reflection at Liverpool and turned down any attempt at a chance for footballs biggest individual prize.

    Outside of his explicit behavior, Suarez was the highlight of English football, but he cannot and will not be recognized for it individually because of his own antics. Being that apart of the awards nomination as well as victory comes from the players amount of courtesy and behaviur, Suarez has abused that opportunity.

    Regardless, the Ballon d’Or shortlist is stacked with the game’s best and elite athletes in today’s game.

    See the full list below:

    Gareth Bale, Wales, Real Madrid

    Karim Benzema, France, Real Madrid

    Diego Costa, Spain, Chelsea

    Thibaut Courtois, Belgium, Chelsea

    Angel Di Maria, Argentina, Manchester United

    Mario Gotze, Germany, Bayern Munich

    Eden Hazard, Belgium, Chelsea

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain

    Andres Iniesta, Spain, Barcelona

    Toni Kroos, Germany, Real Madrid

    Philipp Lahm, Germany, Bayern Munich

    Javier Mascherano, Argentina, Barcelona

    Lionel Messi, Argentina, Barcelona

    Thomas Muller, Germany, Bayern Munich

    Manuel Neuer, Germany, Bayern Munich

    Neymar, Brazil, Barcelona

    Paul Pogba, France, Juventus

    Sergio Ramos, Spain, Real Madrid

    Arjen Robben, Netherlands, Bayern Munich

    James Rodriguez, Colombia, Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Real Madrid

    Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany, Bayern Munich

    Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast, Manchester City

    Who do you think should win the Ballon d’Or? Let us know below

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