5) Blaise Matuidi
The dynamic midfielder had a wonderful debut campaign with Juventus after ending his trophy-laden time with Paris Saint Germain.Matuidi is one of those players who go unnoticed despite being a key cod in the midfield.He had a memorable World Cup campaign as he was one of those players that brought the stability to the French midfield allowing Paul Pogba to go on forward with this meandering runs while Matuidiprovided the defensive cover. His absence was not only felt for the national team but was also at his former club PSG who failed to bring in a capable replacement for the French midfielder. He started 32 games for Juventus in the Serie A last season while he also played in 9 games in the Champions League for the old lady. If only Matuidi was as embellished off the field as his compatriot Paul Pogba is, perhaps he would have gotten his name on the Ballon d’Or list.
4) Edin Dzeko
The former Manchester City striker was written off by many when Wilfried Bony had been signed from Swansea City. Dzeko’s departure went under the radar however in retrospect Manuel Pellegrini must have been looking back at the gaffe he committed by with deciding to bring in Bony whilst letting go of powerful EdinDzeko. Credit to the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker that he rejuvenated his career in Italy with Rome. He ended the 2016-17 season with massive 39 goals in all competitions while following it up with a commendable 24 goals last season. His performances in the Champions League were even better as he scored a fantastic goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge while was crucial in Roma’s massive turnaround against Barcelona. If Karim Benzema could get on the Ballon D’or list despite is poor return in front of goal, Dzeko should probably win the title.
3) Denis Cheryshev
For a player who had the task of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo, Denis Cheryshev has done well to not go obscure in the football world. The Russian took is opportunity with both hands for the national side when main striker Dzagoev an injury. Cheryshevgot his opportunity and scored a brace and assist becoming the hero of the nation. He also scored a fantastic goal against eventual finalist Croatia though the goal went in vain as Russians lost 4-3 on penalties. While his club performance wasn’t anything special Cheryshev does deserve a place in the Ballon D’or list in the least.
The Italian Striker had been written off by the Football world following is egregious season with Borussia Dortmund however it is worth noting that the Italian did register 10 goals for the Black and Yellow in the solitary season and it was also during the time when Jurgen Klopp’sempire fell apart at the Westfalenstadion. The Italian Striker left the club after just one season joining Sevillathough failed to make an impression. Howeverhis return to Italy has also meant a turn in fortunes. He ended the last season with 41 goals in all competitions as well as registering 11 assist for Lazio. He ended up as Serie A’s join top scorer with Inter’s MauroIcardi and again if Karim Benzema can get his name on the list Immobile’s absence on the same is a real shame.
The French Defender has slowly become an integral part of Barcelona’s defensive line alongside long serving defender Gerard pique. So much so that Umtiti’s is absence is already being felt for the Catalans where Lenglethas sofar struggled to find his best form. Umtiti was also prominent in Les Bleus’ World Cup winning campaign alongside Real Madrid Raphael Varane who did get his name on the Ballon d’or list which further brings Umtiti’s absence into question.
1) Philippe Coutinho
While many have claimed that Liverpool no longer feel Coutinho’s absence in the midfield and which does really have have a caseconsidering that Liverpool went to the Champions League final all the way without the Brazilian midfielder. However now with the Reds’ Front 3 failing to find the best form sofar Liverpool’s lack of creativity from midfield is getting exposed. Coutinho, on the other hand, has been magnificent for Barcelona and slowly getting to his expected levels. For the national team, Coutinho was the undisputed star at the world cup at a time when everyone thought that Neymar would be the leader for the Seleccao