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Top 5: Ballon d'Or snubs (1)

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It's out - the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award 2013 contains all the usual suspects, Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery.

They're all there - but what about some of the players overlooked for this year's award.

It's not easy to pick out realistic contenders when the "short" list contains 23 names, but we've done our best here to select five stars - from the Premier League and abroad - who deserved a spot in the 23.

In case you haven't already seen the full 23-man shortlist, here it is...

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales)
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich/Germany)
Thomas Muller (B Munich/Germany)
Manuel Neuer (B Munich/Germany)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (B Munich/Germany)
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/Germany)
Robin van Persie (Man United/Netherlands)
Arjen Robben (B Munich/Netherlands)
Edinson Cavani (PSG/Uruguay)
Luis Suarez (Liverpool/Uruguay)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain)
Xavi (Barcelona/Spain)
Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil)
Thiago Silva (PSG/Brazil)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco/Colombia)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus/Italy)
Franck Ribery (B Munich/France)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG/Sweden)
Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund/Poland)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)
Yaya Toure (Manchester City/Ivory Coast)

Check out our top 5 list, and tell us what you think below...

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