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The players who were wrongly snubbed for the Ballon d’Or 2021 shortlist

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.

Ahead of the nominees for the Ballon d’Or being announced, we’ve made our ranking of who should win it…

— 90min (@90min_Football) October 8, 2021

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.

Thomas Muller

Muller is a unique player / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

9. Federico Chiesa

Federico Chiesa

A deserving winner – and Ballon d’Or nominee / Claudio Villa/GettyImages

Lorenzo Insigne

A Euro 2020 hero / Visionhaus/GettyImages

7. Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak

La Liga champion / Emilio Andreoli/GettyImages

Son Heung-min

MVP / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

5. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Unstoppable / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Stefan de Vrij

The best at the back / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

3. Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy

A Champions League winner / Kaz Photography/GettyImages

Paul Pogba

Pogba’s been back to his best / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages

1. Joshua Kimmich

Joshua Kimmich

No Kimmich? Seriously?! / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

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