An incredible XI of players who were left off the Ballon d'Or 2019 shortlist


There was a video which began to circulate on Monday evening that might raise a wry smile out of even the sulkiest Brazilian forwards. 

Neymar was caught on camera by Thiago Silva struggling to open his own Ferrari, locked outside in the cold in Paris. 

The ultimate first world problem, it would seem, but one which pretty well encapsulates the current situation of football's most expensive player. 

Anything that can go wrong, will.

Indeed, he had suffered a further blow just hours earlier when he was left off the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

Fortunately, it should comfort the 27-year-old to know that he is in esteemed company. 

Luka Modric has become the first player to win the award one year and then miss the shortlist altogether the next. 

The full list can be seen below: 

There's room for Hugo Lloris, who is arguably in the worst form of his career, but not for any of the following: 

Ederson | Manchester City 

Ederson was a central part of the City team that won the league with 99 points, keeping 20 clean sheets.

Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich

The 24-year-old has already won the Bundesliga four times, including doubles - but just like last year, he misses out. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Muenchen: Group B - UEFA Champions League

Aymeric Laporte | Manchester City

Laporte is no stranger to rejection given how long it took him to earn a France call-up despite his immense talent. The difference he makes to City's defence has been stark when he's injured. 

Crystal Palace v Manchester City - Premier League

Andy Robertson | Liverpool 

A Champions League winner and no fewer than FOURTEEN assists for the full-back since the start of last season. Interestingly, Trent Alexander-Arnold did make the cut. 

Liverpool FC v Leicester City - Premier League

N'Golo Kante | Chelsea 

After some initial confusion as to where he'd be playing at Chelsea last season, Kante has settled back into his role and remains one of the finest midfielders around. 


Luka Modric | Real Madrid 

Modric has seemingly paid the price for Los Blancos' poor form. There was no World Cup to distract from his own shortcomings this year either. 

Real Madrid CF v Granada CF  - La Liga

Paul Pogba | Manchester United

One of the Premier League's biggest 'marmite' players. The Frenchman has so often been tipped as a future Ballon d'Or winner, but like his teammates he's tailed off under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since March. 

Manchester United v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund 

The England international has reaped the rewards of moving to Germany. While he's set to move for £100million if he leaves Dortmund next summer, apparently that's not enough to rank him among the world's best 30.

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Hakim Ziyech | Ajax

One of Ajax's hidden treasures from last season and they've done well to keep hold of him. Ziyech has shown how deadly he was in the Champions League and already has six goals in all competitions this season.

Ajax v PAOK Saloniki - UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round

Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain 

Injuries, suspensions, failed transfers - it's been the year from hell for Neymar. He's been on the sidelines for a staggering 300 days since he first arrived in the French capital just over two years ago. 


Harry Kane | Tottenham Hotspur 

Kane's ankle injuries have evidently taken their toll. Last season his league tally of 17 was his lowest since his breakthrough at Spurs, having scored 30, 29, 25, and 21 goals in each of his previous full seasons in the first team. 

Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Luis Suarez | Barcelona 

Rumours of Suarez's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Even if the Uruguayan may not have the pace he once did, he's still scored 32 goals since the start of last season. Playing under Ernesto Valverde probably hasn't helped matters either. 

SD Eibar SAD v FC Barcelona  - La Liga

There are understandable reasons for each of their omissions - but what an XI they'd make combined.

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