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France Football’s Ballon d’Or Dream Team: Front three nominees are revealed / Huge names left out


The greatest front line

France Football have given themselves and 170 representatives the task of generating the ultimate team. With votes from established footballing personnel deciding who should grace the Ballon d’Or dream team. Today, the moment many had waited for, the forward line nominees were revealed.

On the list lie 10 nominees for the centre-forward, right winger and left winger.

Right wing

On the list:

  • David Beckham
  • George Best
  • Samuel Eto’o
  • Luis Figo
  • Garrincha
  • Jairzinho
  • Kevin Keegan
  • Stanley Matthews
  • Lionel Messi
  • Arjen Robben

Lionel Messi will surely be the favourite to take the position. The Argentine is considered by many to be the greatest footballer regardless of position.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 04: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona waves to the crowd prior to the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at Nou Camp on August 04, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

There are however a couple notable absences from the list. Gladbach’s Ballon d’Or winning Dane Allon Simonsen could feel aggrieved to not make the list and arguably Gareth Bale’s multi Champions League winning career is worthy of a mention.

Left wing:

On the list:

  • Oleg Blokhine
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Dragan Dzajic
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Thierry Henry
  • Rivaldo
  • Roberto Rivelino
  • Ronaldinho
  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
  • Hristo Stoitchkov

Similarly to Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the queue as favourite to take the position. The sheer number of goals scored for one of Europe’s biggest clubs pulling weight again.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal with the Nations League trophy during the UEFA Nations League final match between Portugal and The Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Omissions include PSG’s Neymar, still in his prime but an incredible highly-decorated player all the same. France and Arsenal legend Robert Pires was not considered. Another Arsenal wide man Marc Overmars and Liverpool legend John Barnes.

Centre-forward

On the list:

  • Dennis Bergkamp
  • Johan Cruyff
  • Kenny Dalglish
  • Eusebio
  • Sandor Kocsis
  • Gerd Muller
  • Romario
  • Ronaldo
  • Marco van Basten
  • George Weah

The goal machine Eusebio has a very strong case. The majestic and technically brilliant Johan Cruyff who inspired an entire city in Catalonia. And the ultimate Brazilian number 9 in Ronaldo. Voting for that role is sure to be heavily split.

Notable absences include Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede who scored wherever he went but maybe the lack of a Champions League title cost him a spot. Real Madrid legend Emilio Butragueno, Argentina’s Gabriel Batistuta, Hugo Sanchez of Mexico and France’s Jean-Pierre Papin all missing out.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 18: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 18, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The final team will be announced in December.

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