This years Ballon D'Or candidates are out and there are not really any huge surprises within the nominees. Premier League fans will be worried to see no English players this year, and only three Premier League players, but the P.L.'s candidates general poor form internationally was a hammer blow to their chances.
Instead the list is dominated by Spaniards and Germans, unsurprising when during the World Cup it was these two teams to lit up the stage with sparkling displays of attacking football. The Spaniards in the list are almost routinely included in the best players in the world , but the Germans are mostly young and relatively unheard of (before the World Cup at least) but could be gracing these lists for many years to come.
Here I'll take a look at each of the twenty three candidates, and offer an opinion on the best placed to win the elusive Ballon D'Or award.