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5 players who should not have been nominated for the Ballon d'Or

How these players made the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist will remain a mystery!


FC Barcelona v Athletic Club - La Liga
Why are they in the list?

The 30 man Ballon d'Or shortlist is out and it's not gone down well with the fans. Here's the full list if you don't know yet:

Gianluigi Buffon, David De Gea, Jan Obla, Leonardo Bonucci, Mats Hummels, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin De Bruyne, N'Golo Kanté, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani, Paulo Dybala, Edin Dzeko, Falcao, Antonie Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Isco, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mané, Kylian Mbappé, Diers Mertens, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

While most of them were brilliant this year, some of them are just on the list based on the clubs they play for or the trophies won by their team.

Here are 5 players who should NOT be on this shortlist:

#5 - Mats Hummels

Bayern Muenchen v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Bundesliga
What was special?

Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga, just like they did the year before, and the year before that and the year before that. What else did they do? Nothing. Oh yes, they knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League but again, that too is an annual thing.

In terms of personal performances too, Hummels was nothing too great. Javi Martinez and Philipp Lahm were better defenders than him at Bayern last season and this year, the whole back-line isn't performing well.

How the German star made it to the team after of Champions League winner, Carvajal and Premier League winner, Cesar Azpilicueta will remain a mystery!

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