The shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d’Or, the award given by FIFA to the best player in Europe, is out and Tottenham Hotspur are represented on the list. Spurs and France No. 1 Hugo Lloris was named to the 30-man list that was released by football website France Football.
The list is of course headlined by the usual suspects – Lionel Messi (who won the award last year), Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, and Neymar are all on the list, as are former Tottenham stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.
Besides Lloris, there are a number of Premier League footballers on the shortlist including Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Riyad Mahrez, Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba, and even Jamie Vardy (because what’s a Ballon d’Or without one fairy tale, right?).
Hugo was one of
just three four keepers named to the shortlist along with Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, Rui Patricio, and the undead corpse of Gigi Buffon.
However, in a double snub that is sure to sting Tottenham fans worldwide, both Tom Carroll and Marcus Edwards were left off of the list. We’re confident this was an oversight.