FIFA has today revealed the names of those nominated for the 2014 Ballon d’Or award, with the shortlist featuring 17 players from Europe, five from South America and one from Africa.
The current Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo and four-time winner Lionel Messi are among the 23 players on FIFA’s list of contenders for this year’s award. There was, however, no place for Luis Suarez, who was named the Premier League Player of the Year last season whilst also sharing the Golden Ball award as Europe’s top goalscorer with Portuguese superstar Ronaldo.
Nevertheless, his four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup certainly played a big role in the decision to not nominate the Uruguayan, so unfortunately for him he will have to wait and behave for another year.
2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or Nominees
Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Mario Goetze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Mueller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire).
2014 FIFA World Coach of the Year
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid CF), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus FC/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich), Juergen Klinsmann (Germany/ USA national team), Joachim Loew (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea FC), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City FC), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina/Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Netherlands national team/Manchester United FC).