David de Gea left out of 2015 Ballon d’Or shortlist

by Sam Peoples

FIFA have announced a 23-man shortlist for the 2015 Ballon d’Or award and there is surprisingly no place on the list for Manchester United’s David de Gea.

The Man United goalkeeper has been in stunning form for over two years now but that’s not enough to earn him a spot on the shortlist ahead of the likes of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.

Manuel Neuer is the only goalkeeper who has been named on the shortlist which is a bit of a joke considering how consistent and fantastic De Gea has been for United.

Here’s the Ballon d’Or shortlist in full:

Fifa Ballon d’Or shortlist: Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain), Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona), Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich).

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