It’s that time of the year again: Ballon d’Or award season, baby!
The trophy for the best individual player of the season tends to split opinions, with many not really understanding why one player should be singled out to such extremes in a team sport, while others love the idea of a GOAT or one superstar being particularly ‘clear’ of the rest.
Anyway, a 30-man shortlist of potential Ballon d’Or winners was drawn up for 2021, and as always, it left us all questioning whether those most heavily involved in football actually watch the games or know anything about the sport.
There were some surprise inclusions on the list – especially when considering the unfortunate superstars who missed out in their place. So, which players deserved to be included in the 30-man Ballon d’Or nomination list?
Here’s 10 of them – ranked.