FIFA Ballon D'Or and Coach of the Year: 5 Biggest Surprises from Shortlists

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FIFA Ballon D'Or and Coach of the Year: 5 Biggest Surprises from Shortlists
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This year's 23-man shortlist for FIFA Ballon d'Or  has been announced by FIFA and, as usual, there are more than a few surprises.

The 10-man list for Coach of the Year also has a couple of interesting points.

Lionel Messi is the reigning winner and will once again be a favorite to lift the trophy along with Cristiano Ronaldo.

While the winner clearly comes down to two players, deciding which other 21 players deserve recognition is much harder.

With numerous domestic champions, surprise international performances and countless matches to review, it is impossible for expect a perfect list.

This article will look at five surprising choices made by FIFA and will also look at potential alternatives to those choices.

After reading the list, I hope you will provide your own reactions and comments below.

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