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SBD Global/October 30, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Bale, Ronaldo, Messi Top Ballon D'Or Shortlist, No English Players Make Cut
Published October 30, 2013
ENGLISH PLAYERS MISSING: In London, Sam Munnery wrote after "managing a single nomination" in each of the last two years, English football was "left on the outside looking in" when the shortlist was announced. WAYNE ROONEY has "kept the flag of St George flying in the past two years but today’s shortlist was again shorn of English involvement" as it had been in '10. Even the Premier League "had to make do with only five nominations for its foreign legion." Chelsea's EDEN HAZARD, ManU's ROBIN VAN PERSIE, Arsenal's MESUT ÖZIL, Liverpool's LUIS SUAREZ and Man City's YAYA TOURE provide "the Premier League representation" (LONDON TIMES, 10/29). In London, Alan Smith wrote "for those arguing that the Bundesliga has now overtaken the Premier League in terms of quality," the Ballon D'Or shortlist fails to "offer overwhelming proof." The list features seven German players, as "opposed to five from these shores." It "would have been six had Gareth Bale stayed at Tottenham." So "those figures alone don't point to a significant shift in power." The more "telling fact, though, is the fact that not one Englishman makes the cut." Potential nominees such as Rooney, Man City's JOE HART and Arsenal's JACK WILSHERE were also left off. Not "surprisingly, the shortlist is dominated by" Bayern Munich. Alongside goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER, "another five Bayern players jostle for position having conquered all in their path in formidable style" (TELEGRAPH, 10/29).