QPR' Massimo Luongo included on Ballon d'Or shortlist

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Australian international and Queens Park Rangers summer signing Massimo Luongo has been included on the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

The 23-year-old, who only made his international debut last year, began his career at Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Swindon Town in 2013 and three successful loan spells. QPR moved for the young Australian in the summer after he played a vital role in his country's Asian Cup victory.

He was included in Australia's 2014 World Cup squad with manager Ange Postecoglou keen for the young talent to gain experience of international football, however he didn't make an appearance while in Brazil.


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Lunongo himself will be surprised to find his name on the Ballon d'Or shortlist, which also includes the likes of leading candidates Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Perhaps just as equally surprising was the omission of Juventus captain and 2015 Champions League finalist Gigi Buffon who failed to make the list.

The Sydney-born midfielder Luongo has his Asian Cup performances to thank for the shock inclusion. He not only scored the opening goal against South Korea in the final but also found himself in the Asian Cup Team of the Tournament and Voted as the Most Valuable Player.

Luongo has notched three assists for new club Queen's Park Rangers but has yet to score for the club.

With Barcelona's Lionel Messi winning the Champions league last season and Cristiano Ronaldo becoming Real Madrid's all-time top goal-scorer its fair to say Luongo may not be disappointed to find he is not crowned the world's best footballer for 2015.

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