Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo shortlisted for 2015 Ballon d’Or

Date published: Monday 30th November 2015 1:48

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: Battle once again for the Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: Battle once again for the Ballon d'Or

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

The prize is the most prestigious individual player award in the game and the three were chosen from a longer list of 23 names which also included Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.

The winner will be revealed at a gala ceremony in Zurich on January 11.

Ronaldo has won four Ballon d’Or awards, including for the past two years.

Messi also has four, which came consecutively from 2009 to 2012.

Our article last month, however, suggested Neymar has a good a chance as anyone this year of breaking their duopoly.

Argentina forward Messi helped Barcelona win the treble last season, and is odds-on favourite to make it Ballon d’Or number five in 2016.

Neymar & Lionel Messi: Barcelona duo on Ballon d'Or shortlist

Ronaldo certainly feels no reason to expect an upset.

“To be honest I think Messi is going to win this year because this kind of trophy, it depends on votes,” the former Manchester United forward said earlier this month.

“You win competitions, you win the Champions League you win the league in terms of individual. I did probably the best season of my career which is good and I was the highest scorer in Europe [but] it’s all about votes.

“It is difficult and to be honest I am not very worried about that because as I said many times, I never thought I would win three times to be honest.”

At 23, Neymar is the youngest of the finalists.

The Brazil forward netted twice as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in the Premiera Division on Saturday, and afterwards spoke of his pride at being included among the contenders.

“I have never played football to be the best player in the world, or to win the Ballon d’Or. I’ve always just played with the idea of continually getting better, to always surpass my goals, to always be better, play better, train better,” he said.

“To be the best in the world is the direct result of all of this work. If today I am being spoken of in such terms, it is a clear sign that what I am doing is working.”

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    James Marshment
    James Marshment
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    Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

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    #719720
    hatters
    hatters
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    Definitely Messi to win the Ballon d’Or.

    Maybe he will win the Puskas award for best goal as well – his goal against Atletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final was mesmeric but Florenzi’s belter from the halfway line against Barcelona was also quite something – plus it was deliberate!!

    It’s obvious Luis Enrique will win coach of the year and Messi will win player of the year though. These awards are boring really.

    #719721

    giorgoxxi
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    Suarez should have been there instead of Ronaldo.

    Although in a way it will be funny to see Ronaldo’s face again when Messi gets his fifth.

    #720014

    suteckki
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    Lol Suarez should be there instead of Ronaldo? Dude Ronaldo just broke all records surpassing even the legendary Raul! Talk about jokes!

    #720050
    hatters
    hatters
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    The Ballon d’Or is an award for individual achievement.

    Ronaldo has scored the most goals in Europe this calendar year (46). He was also the top scorer in the 2014/15 season, scoring 61 goals and laying off more than 15 for his teammates. Ronaldo’s powers are diminishing but these are numbers that Suarez has never come close to.

    Play the ball, not the man.

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    giorgoxxi
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    Yes Ronaldo scored 46 goals, but Suarez has 41 goals plus 22 assists, so to say Suarez is not close in terms of numbers is just plain wrong. Ronaldo’s goals were worthless, when it mattered at the key moments of the season he didn’t deliver, but then he boosts his stats against easy opposition (see 5 goals against Espanyol for example).

    Suarez was crucial for Barcelona’s treble, lets not forget his games against City or PSG where he was outstanding. He should have been shortlisted.

    #720156
    hatters
    hatters
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    This could easily become a very pedantic discussion. My opinion is that Ronaldo is well deserving of his place in that final 3.

    The Barcelona front three is next level and they have plenty of goals and assists to go around there.

    In any case, the Ballon d’Or has become so mind numbing with people counting goals and assists for a few forwards in 3 teams (Bayern, Madrid, Barca).

    Where are the defenders? Where are the midfielders?? I really couldn’t care less who wins these awards anymore with the crappy voting system they have.

    I bet you’ll see Gerard Pique in the world 11.

    #720318
    redwing80
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    Suarez was banned for a quarter of the season but happened to be just as important to Barca as Neymar was last season. He even scored in the Champions League final

    #720516
    john@staustell
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    This ‘competition’ has just turned into a ridiculous farce because of the brilliance of 2 players. It’s not what it was all meant to be about all at.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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