The nominees for the 2012 edition of the Ballon D'Or were announced a few days ago, and I'm pretty sure everyone's seen them. We're also all pretty sure that it's going to be another case of Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi.
Without going into the details of who deserves it and who the better player is between those two, because it's an endless and pointless discussion where subjectivity rules our opinions, let's go into some of the players that are missing from the list and deserve a mention. Last year's nominees were a bit of a joke (click here), but this year the chosen names seem more reasonable.
Here are the ones who should have gotten the nod but didn't:
- Ashley Cole: If you're going to pick a Chelsea player from the side that won the Champions League, besides for Chinese man Didier Drogba, then it's got to be Cole. I hate the man, but the player is arguably the best left-back in the world and has been incredibly consistent over the last 10 years and was key to their success last season.
- Vicent Kompany: I'm sure even the most biased Barcelona fans can tell you that Gerard Pique hasn't been in top form over the past year, but his inclusion in the list makes Kompany's exclusion even more surprising. City's league triumph last season was epitomized by him. Evidence that a player that's not in the Euro Championships will be penalized perhaps?
- David Silva: If Sergio Aguero is on the list, David Silva has to be on it. Because not only did he win the league with City (ikh...), but he also had a star role in winning the Euro 2012 championship with Spain. Without Silva, City would have been far less threatening.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger: I don't know about all of you, but I though he's been brilliant throughout 2012 and deserves his spot in the list. If Busquets can be in it, I don't see why Bastian can't.
- Neymar: His exclusion just goes to show how much the powers that be in Football don't have any real regard for any of the other leagues that aren't European based. Time for his move to Europe then, eh? Go on then, Real and Barca are waiting for him.
- Matt Hummels: Brilliant with Dortmund, brilliant with Germany, an ever-present monster at the back. Again, if Pique is in this list, it's a crime that such a good defender isn't. An unsung hero.
- Fernando Torres: hold your horses people. Top scorer of Euro 2012. Winner of Euro 2012. Winner of the Champions League. Winner of the FA Cup. Shouldn't that be enough of a reason to include him in it?
- Mario Gomez: 12 goals in 12 games in the Champions League last season (taking them to the final!) and 3 goals at the Euros. He should be in here. He may have his critics, but so does every other player on the list. They chose the wrong Mario I believe (though I think Balotelli's celebration against Germany alone deserves an award).
It's going to be Ronaldo or Messi for 1st and 2nd obviously, and some other lucky player (probably a Barca one) for 3rd. Though, if there's any justice in this world - it has to be Andrea Pirlo.