Seven players who SHOULD be on the Ballon d’Or shortlist

first_img4 4 Thiago Silva – Paris Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain’s inspirational captain, Thiago Silva led the Ligue 1 giants to a second successive title last season and perhaps exceeded his own lofty expectations by leading (a below-par) Brazil to the semi-finals of a World Cup in which he and star striker Neymar held the weight of a nations’ expectations on their shoulders.Robert Lewandowski – Bayern MunichThe silent assassin of the Bundesliga, Robert Lewandowski bid farewell to Borussia Dortmund in a typically professional fashion, scoring 28 in 46 for the club and in doing so being named the league’s highest scorer for the first time in his career. One of the hottest properties in world football, the Polish international eventually agreed a deal to join Bayern Munich where he had continued his good form.David Silva – Manchester CityArguably Man City’s best player in their title-winning side last season, David Silva’s reputation is seemingly enhanced every time he steps onto the pitch, such is the level of his performance. The 28-year-old was one of the leading assist creators in the Premier League last year with 12, and has continued that form into the new season. 4 4 Luka Modric – Real MadridOne of the unsung heroes of Real Madrid’s historic ‘La Decima’ team, Luka Modric was at the heart of much of what saw Los Blancos crowned European champions. The mainstay in a midfield that is arguably the most competitive in world football, he played 51 times for Real last season and was the driving force in a Croatian team that many expected to do better at the World Cup. That disappointment hasn’t seemed to affect his drive though and Modric has carried on where he finished last season, playing 14 times for Real already this campaign.Vincent Kompany – Manchester CityThere are few finer leaders in world football than Vincent Kompany. The classy Belgian led Man City to their second league title in three years as they fended off close competition from Liverpool and as captain of Belgium, led his country to their first World Cup finals since 2002, where they eventually crashed out in the quarter-final stage. FIFA have announced the shortlist for their annual Ballon d’Or Player of the Year award, and as usual there have been some notable omissions.The list has been largely populated by players to feature and star at the World Cup, but given there is still another 10 months of football outside of the tournament, a number of players will perhaps feel a little aggrieved to miss out on consideration for the biggest individual accolade in the sport.Below are seven players who perhaps should have been included on the shortlist.Diego Godin – Atletico MadridThe Atletico Madrid stalwart was pivotal to the club winning their first league title since 1996, and as one of Diego Simeone’s captains should have at least made the shortlist for the award. Scorer of the equalising goal that secured Atletico the league crown, Godin also bagged the opener in the ill-fated Champions League final against Real Madrid. A leader in every sense of the word, Godin captained Uruguay at the World Cup, and dragged them into the knockout stages by powering in the only goal of the game against Italy.Luis Suarez – BarcelonaFocusing on performance alone, there were few finer players in world football that Luis Suarez last season. As a Liverpool player, the Uruguayan bagged an unbelievable 31 goals in 33 league performances for the Merseysiders – a feat that saw him collect the Golden Shoe award (joint with Cristiano Ronaldo) as Europe’s top marksman, as well as a whole host of individual accolades in England. His performances saw Suarez move to Barcelona for around £65m this summer. The FIFA Ballon d’Or Who do you think should have made the Ballon d’Or shortlist? Comment below…last_img read more