There are 23 men short-listed for FIFA’s 2014 Ballon d’Or
(Footballer of The Year
). None of them are English
. Does this mean that English footballers are just not good enough? Does that also explain the reason why the English team failed to get pass the group stages in 2014 World Cup final
? Before you say anything, note that Spain also suffered the same fate in Brazil and yet three of their players are in the short list.
Baffled? Don’t be…
Just look at the 23 players selected(see below). Those are awesome players.
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What English Players Have Done In 2014?
As much as the English football fans would like to see the likes of Wayne Rooney, John Terry or Raheem Sterling included in the list, I think it is fair to say that none of the English players have done anything significant in 2014 to warrant their place in the top 23.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH?
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What About The Spanish?
The Spanish meanwhile, may have had a shocking 2014 World Cup but Sergio Ramos did win the Champion League in May while Diego Costa won La Liga with Athletico Madrid. In the process, Costa scored plenty of goals, bettered only by previous Ballon d’Or winners: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messsi. Andres Iniesta is such a wonderful player that a Ballon d’Or shortlist without him won’t be appropriate.
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The 2014 Standouts
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The rest of the players in the list were the standouts throughout 2014. Arjen Robben has had an outstanding World Cup and won the Bundasliga with Bayern Munich. New Manchester United’s signing, Angel Di Maria was instrumental in Real Madrid’s Champion League success and were ever present during Argentina’s runners-up campaign in Brazil.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been like Zlatan Ibrahimovic again and doing only Zlatan Ibrahimovic can do in 2014, including that outrageous 40 yard bicycle kick goal against England. Paul Pogba has just made Manchester United regret for allowing him to walk out from OT for FREE. Eden Hazard is without doubt, the best Premier League player in 2014 and this compliment comes from a Manchester United fan.
Germany Has The Most Players In The List
World Champion, Germany as expected have the biggest number
in the list (6): Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer
and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The team they beat in the final, Argentina have three with Javier Mascherano
joining Messi and Di Maria in the best 23. Belgium and France both have two: Hazard and Thibaut Courtois
for Belgium while Pogba is also joined by Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema
Completing the list are Gareth Bale (Wales), Neymar (Brazil), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) and, of course, the clear favourite to win for the second year in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal.
Who will win FIFA’s 2014 Ballon d’Or?
The players listed above are wonderful, aren’t they? So, forget about whether English footballers are good or not to be in the list. Let’s just go to the main question: Who will win FIFA’s 2014 Ballon d’Or
I have shortlisted the list to FIVE potential winners (in my opinion):
- Arjen Robben
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Lionel Messsi
- Thomas Muller
Who will win it?
– English Footballers Are Just Not Good Enough?