Luis Suarez deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year

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Come January, the Ballon d'Or will be awarded once again. The tree man shortlist contains Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer, but there is one man who is unjustifiably ignored; Luis Suarez.

Obviously there are many footballers who may feel aggrieved to be missing out - World Cup-winning captain Phillip Lahm being a prime example - however nobody has as strong a case as the controversial Uruguayan.

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Last season Suarez won the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award as he joined the infamous '30 club' of the Premier League; those players who have scored 30 or more league goals in a solitary season.

He totalled 31 goals and 12 assists for Liverpool in just 34 games, playing for what now looks a very average side in the most competitive league in the world. By comparison, a certain Ronaldo - playing for the eventual Champions League winners in a less competitive league - managed near identical statistics (just one assist short) in only two less games.


Then of course, you have the technicalities. There is just the slight problem of Suarez's four month ban from football for his third career bite, this time on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. However, this is the award for the world's best footballer, not the world's nicest footballer. You cannot count Suarez's troubles against his ability.

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The other slight problem is that trophies - wrongly - usually count for a lot in this competition. For example, the 2013 award saw Frank Ribery come third, despite not being the best player in his league or even his team, because he won the treble. Suarez did not win any trophies in 2014, but that shouldn't count against him in an individual competition.

There would be no shame in losing to such an outstanding footballer as Ronaldo after his year, but can anyone really say that Suarez doesn't even deserve a place in the top three? He is at the very least in the top five.

So, whoever may win the Ballon d'Or in January - probably Ronaldo - Suarez has the right to feel aggrieved he wasn't at least in the running, because he deserves to win it outright.

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