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.

Updated: Oct 03, 2015, 21:09 PM IST
2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or longlist leaked; Ospina in with Messi, Ronaldo but no Buffon: Report

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