The 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon D’Or award was announced on Friday by France Football, the award’s organizers.
Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho, and others are among them.
As the event on November 29 approaches, the list will be whittled down to the final three.
However, at least three players should have been included in the lineup.
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid): For some reason, Oblak was left out of the 30-man shortlist. The goalkeeper has kept 14 clean sheets in 2021 and was part of the Atletico Madrid team that won the LaLiga title.
Federico Chiesa (Juventus, on loan from Fiorentina): Chiesa has grown into a very important player for both Italy and Juventus. He is a firecracker of a footballer and has 17 goals and seven assists to his name this year. Chiesa also won Euro 2020, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United): Pogba might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he deserves to be on that long list. The World Cup winner had a better year in review than most of the midfielders included, impressing as United finished second in the Premier League and France stumbled at the Euro 2020.