The 23 nominees for the 2014 Ballon d’Or were announced on Tuesday morning, and a number of major names were missing.
Below we now look at the five major absentees from the shortlist.
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world, but he was left out of the 23-man list for the most prestigious individual award in football.
The Chile international, who was strongly linked with a move to Manchester united in the summer transfer window, helped the Bianconeri win Serie A last season and then played an important role in his country’s match to the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, Vidal has struggled with injuries so far this season and has yet to recover his best form. During the World Cup, too, he has having problems with his knee.
Perhaps the 27-year-old’s unsavoury conduct at the World Cup went against him. Moreover, due to the four-month ban, the Barcelona striker has played just one competitive game so far this season.
Xabi Alonso was one of the three most important players for Madrid last season and was key in their Champions League success.
Ivan Rakitic is one of the most creative midfielders in Europe and was a star for Sevilla last season. The Croatia international led the Spanish club to a fifth-placed finish in La Liga and to Europa League triumph.
Rakitic was snapped up by Barcelona in the summer transfer window, and so far he has been an able replacement of Xavi.
Luka Modric had a terrible 2012-13 season, but since then the Madrid midfielder has grown in stature. The Croatia international was one of the top three players for Madrid last season and one of the best in Europe.