Ballon d’Or 2014: No room for ex-Liverpool star Luis Suarez on shortlist
Gareth Bale is the only British player on the 23-man shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d'Or as ex-Liverpool star Luis Suárez is overlooked
Gareth Bale is once again the only British player to make the 23-man shortlist for the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or award.
The Wales international is joined by last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi.
However, there was no room for former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who scored 31 Premier League goals last season as the Reds just missed out on the title.
The Uruguay international has just returned to action for new club Barcelona after serving a four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Three Chelsea players are in the running, with Manchester United and Manchester City both having one candidate each.
The five Premier League players nominated for the prestigious award are, Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa, Angel Di Maria, Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure.
The final three-man shortlist will be revealed on 1 December, with the winner announced at an awards ceremony in Zurich on 12 January.
Fifa Ballon d’Or 2014 shortlist
Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Mario Gotze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
Coach of the year shortlist
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany/ USA national team), Joachim Low (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina/Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Netherlands national team/Manchester United)