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Top 5: Ballon d'Or snubs

Hummels is a top Champions League defender (©GettyImages)
Hummels is a top Champions League defender (©GettyImages).

Mats Hummels

There's only one centre-back on the 23-man shortlist - Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva.

So what about Hummels? The Germany star was the bedrock of a Dortmund defence that formed the solid formation for their march to the Champions League final.

Silva may have won the Ligue 1 title with PSG, but the Bundesliga is arguably a stronger league and Dortmund finished second only to the all-conquering Bayern Munich.

If any defender had an outstanding individual season other than Silva, it was Hummels.

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