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The midfielder came through the Bayern Munich youth system after joining them in 2006 and was handed his first team debut in 2007. He also had a brief loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen. His list of honours so far include three Bundesliga titles, two DFB Pokal titles and the Champions League. He was first capped by Germany in 2010.

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Video: 7 Best Players Not Nominated for the 2018 Ballon d'Or

(L-R) Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti of Italy pose for a photo before the International Friendly match between Italy and Ukraine on October 10, 2018 in Genoa, Italy.

Right, I do apologise, but I’m going to have to start this video with a brief rant about the Ballon d’Or. A once fine institution and award, I fear it has been somewhat sullied in recent years. I mean, to start off with we should get back to basics. It is supposed to be an award given to the best individual over the course of a calendar year, and I fear it does neither of those things.

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(L-R) Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti of Italy pose for a photo before the International Friendly match between Italy and Ukraine on October 10, 2018 in Genoa, Italy.

Video: 7 Best Players Not Nominated for the 2018 Ballon d'Or

Right, I do apologise, but I’m going to have to start this video with a brief rant about the Ballon d’Or. A once fine institution and award, I fear it has been somewhat sullied in recent years. I mean, to start off with we should get back to basics. It is supposed to be an award given to the best individual over the course of a calendar year, and I fear it does neither of those things.

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