Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was left out of the shortlist to win this year’s Ballon D’Or, and many Arsenal fans feel aggrieved by the decision.
Seven Premier League stars did make the 30-man preliminary list, before the final three nominees are to be named in later in the year, and not one single Gunner has made the list.
Liverpool have two entries, with Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho earning their right to be there, and it is these inclusions which appear to have angered Arsenal fans most.
The pair enjoyed top seasons with the Anfield club, but their side only finished one point above our side, and much of our campaign was led by the Chilean forward, who impressed in a range of positions when asked upon.
Sanchez showed he was the real deal on a number of occasions, and it could even be argued that he is more deserving than Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante were in top form in pushing the Blues to win their second Premier League title in three years, and their terms definitely warrant inclusion, although neither will make the final three-man list.
Ballon d’Or 2017 nominees:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), David De Gea (Manchester United), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Neymar (PSG), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Did Alexis deserve to have his name on the list? Who will join Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the final three-man shortlist for the award?