In the last few weeks there has been much debate about the Ballon d'Or and who should win the most celebrated individual award in football, but here Tom Egerton will look at a missing member who somehow did not make the shortlist for the manager's award.

Marcello Lippi is one of the most respected managerial figures in football, he has won the World Cup with Italy and the Champions League with Juventus, but since joining Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande his managerial presence has not been noticed by FIFA.

Some may suggest that the Chinese Super League is nowhere near as competitive as the World Cup or the Champions League and they were far greater achievements, but his work in China should be recognised and his achievements are still incredibly impressive.

Lippi was named Evergrande manager in 2012 and during his reign has won the Super League twice and last Saturday won the Asian Champions League with the Cantonese club.

Lippi made history with Evergrande as they were the first Chinese team to win this competition after beating FC Seoul on the away goals rule.

Although Lippi has had significant financial backing with his current club his achievements are commendable.

His success is mainly due to his coaching skills and his unique ability to help develop players, Lippi has helped the Chinese players within the ranks at Evergrande.

Another reason for his success with Evergrande is his tactical fluidity. His flexibility with his tactics is second to none and in the second leg of the final he decided to completely throw off the Koreans by opting for a false nine in the shape of Dario Conca.

His flexibility with his tactics adds an unpredictability to the Cantonese side and he will often outwit opponents by changing tactics and formations - that makes the Chinese side even more powerful as a team.

As you can see Lippi's achievements surely deserve a place on the list despite the exceptional talent that populates it.

He is developing Chinese football and is bringing it publicity and for that alone his efforts should be recognised.

Perhaps next time less developed leagues should be considered to ensure that the Ballon d'Or list is not only based on popularity but involves all continents and backgrounds.

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