2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or longlist leaked; Ospina in with Messi, Ronaldo but no Buffon: Report
Legendary Italian goal-keeper Gianluigi Buffon found himself out of the 2015 Ballon d'Or 59-player longlist, which was apparently leaked on Friday.
New Delhi: Legendary Italian goal-keeper Gianluigi Buffon found himself out of the 2015 Ballon d'Or 59-player longlist, which was apparently leaked on Friday.
The official document is not to be released until next week, but the leaked list, obtained by Mundo Deportivo, has 59 names with regulars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among the shortlisted players.
But strangely, Buffon has failed to make the cut, even as Arsenal's David Ospina found himself in the list. Besides Buffon, who helped Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League final, England and Manchester City goalie Joe Hart's also failed to earn a place in the list.
Manchester City’s David Silva, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm and Douglas Costa, Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets and Arda Turan, and Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus also missed the cut surprisingly.
But Bournemouth’s Ghanaian midfielder Christian Atsu and Australian Massimo Luongo, who spent last season at League One outfit Swindon Town, have found themselves in the list to vie for the best player in the world.
The awards ceremony will take place in January of next year, and the list will be pruned to 23-man in December.
The annual football award given to male players by the game's world governing body FIFA , is regarded as the highest individual award. National team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around the world vote to select player, considering the best performances from the previous calendar year.
The award has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo, with the Argentine winning it for three successive years in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Portuguese Ronaldo won it in 2013 and 2014.
Here's the complete list:
Claudio Bravo – Barcelona
Javier Mascherano – Barcelona
Andres Iniesta – Barcelona
Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic – Barcelona
Neymar – Barcelona
Luis Suarez – Barcelona
Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
Luka Modric – Real Madrid
James Rodriguez – Real Madrid
Toni Kroos – Real Madrid
Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus
Paul Pogba – Juventus
Alvaro Morata – Juventus
Arturo Vidal – Juventus/Bayern Munich
Andrea Pirlo – Juventus/New York City FC
Carlos Tevez – Juventus/Boca Juniors
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern
Arjen Robben – Bayern
David Alaba – Bayern
Thomas Muller – Bayern
Manuel Neuer – Bayern
Wilfried Bony – Manchester City
Yaya Toure – Manchester City
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
Nicolas Otamendi – Valencia/Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne – Wolfsburg/Manchester City
Diego Costa – Chelsea
Willian – Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG
Javier Pastore – PSG
Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
David de Gea – Manchester United
Memphis Depay – PSV/Manchester United
David Ospina – Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid
Jackson Martínez – Porto/Atletico
Carlos Bacca – Sevilla/Milan
Giovani dos Santos – Villarreal/LA Galaxy
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
Son Heung-min – Bayer Leverkusen/Tottenham
Christian Atsu – Everton/Bournemouth
Paolo Guerrero – Flamengo/Corinthians
Eduardo Vargas – QPR/Hoffenheim
Gary Medel – Inter Milan
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon
Andres Guardado – PSV
Carlos Sanchez – River Plate
Andre Ayew – Marseille/Swansea
Massimo Luongo – Swindon/QPR
Shinji Okazaki – Mainz/Leicester