FIFA announced the 23 contenders for 2014 Ballon d’Or award today with the trophy once again looking like it’ll be sat on either Ronaldo or Messi’s mantelpieces once again.

The Ballon d’Or is significant to FIFA 15 because the chosen Team of the Year, voted for by 184 coaches, 184 national captains and 173 members of the global media (last year’s figures), will be available as rare blue In Forms in FUT 15.

Christiano’s looking to win his first back to back Ballon d’Or and take him to within 1 of Lionel Messi’s tally. If that happens the CR7 / Messi fanboys will be set for a momentus battle next year as Ronaldo tries to equal Messi’s current record. If Messi wins however he’ll tot up trophy number 5 and will probably have to buy a bigger fireplace.

[quote font_size=”28″ bcolor=”#dd3333″]Let’s just hope Messi’s tailor hasn’t been on the Sangria like last year.[/quote]

Messi looking sharp  FUT 15 Team of the Year Shortlist - FIFA Announce 2014 Ballon d'Or Contenders Messi looking sharpRonaldo scored 49 goals in 47 games for club and country in 2014+ with Messi averaging less with 43 in 54 although the Argentine had almost double the assists.

The only factor that might knock one of these two legends of the top spot is that the 2014 Ballon d’Or takes into account the World Cup. That puts some of the Germans in the spotlight most notably Manuel Neuer who pulled off some incredible saves to keep Germany in the running especially early on.

That being said, Messi did win Player of the Tournament amid some criticism as many thought he under performed compared to a number of more deserving players. Even Sepp Blatter said he didn’t deserve it.

The winner will be chosen on January 12th, 2015.

This Year’s Ballon d’Or Shortlisted Players.

Name – Club(s) – Country

  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid – Portugal
  • Lionel Messi – Barcelona – Argentina
  • Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich – Germany
  • Neymar – Barcelona – Brazil
  • Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich – Germany
  • Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich – Netherlands
  • Paul Pogba – Juventus – France
  • Gareth Bale – Real Madrid – Wales
  • James Rodriguez – Monaco, Real Madrid – Colombia
  • Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich – Germany
  • Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich, Real Madrid – Germany
  • Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid, Manchester United – Argentina
  • Diego Costa – Atletico Madrid, Chelsea – Spain
  • Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich – Germany
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain – Sweden
  • Eden Hazard – Chelsea – Belgium
  • Bastien Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich – Germany
  • Javier Mascherano – Barcelona – Argentina
  • Karim Benzema – Real Madrid – France
  • Yaya Toure – Manchester City – Ivory Coast
  • Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid – Spain
  • Andres Iniesta – Barcelona – Spain
  • Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea – Belgium

Another thing worth noting is the lack of English talent in the shortlist. Do you think any of England’s home grown talent did enough to warrant a place? If yes, let me know who in the comments. If not, where are England going wrong?