5) Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian had a wonderful and truly unexpected season when he poured a massive 44 goals in all competitions.At times, he almost single-handedly carried Liverpool on his back and nearly won the Champions League title before a Sergio Ramos tackleprematurity ended his participation in the final in Kiev. The Reds looked lacklustre without their start man and plodded in the rest of the game. However, this season Salah has suffered a dip in form and goals have certainly dried up while his overall play too has been in question as it was his misplace past that unleashed Neymar to lay on the equalizer in the crunch game against PSG.He was also below par against Chelsea. With such poor form Salah’s inclusion in the Ballon D’Orlist does become dubious more than probably it would have been a few months ago.
4) Hugo Lloris
While lifting the world cup title for his nation warrants a place in the Ballon D’or list, the same cannot be said for Hugo Lloris who in the last year has suffered a major dip in form. His constant mistakes beginning from the game against Chelsea last season at the Wembley has so far yet to get him back to the standards everybody expects of him. His more recent mistakes have included a goal by Mario Mandzukic in the world cup final.Ttruth be told Llorisjust hasn’t been the same player in the last year therefore his place in the list is debatable.
3) Mario Mandzukic
The Croatian marksman had a fantastic World Cup with his laborious performances while you also ended up scoring in the semi-final against England and then in the final against France. With his sheer warrior like performances make him a dream player for any manager however in retrospect Mario Mandzukic doesn’t really deserve a place on the 30 Man shortlist. A return of 5 goals in the entire league campaign with Juventus last season was certainly below standards while in Europe it was only against Real Madrid that he came to life scoring twice in the memorable 3-1 win at Santiago Bernabeu. This season it could be an entirely different story though with Gonzalo Higuainno longer at the club and Massimiliano Allegri preferring to play Ronaldo on the left and Mandzukic centrally which means he could be scoring more goals than he did last season.
2) Alisson Becker
Touted as the one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now Alisson Becker has another patently improved Liverpool back line with his strong authority like figure. The Brazilian has already made some fantastic saves for the Reds however the idea to include him in the 30 man short list is beyond reason. Alisson’s performances have been worth watching only for Roma class season the same cannot be said for his performances with the national team at the world cup moreover he did not make much of an impression to get his name on the 30 Man shortlist. He is on course to do that next year if things continue to go his way as they have been doing so far in his Liverpool career.
With Ronaldo’s departure, it was expected that Karim Benzema would be unleashed after having played for years under Cristiano Ronaldo shadow and virtually playing for him at times doing Ronaldo’s share of pressing as well. Benzema is excellent at making other players click with his self-less style of play however in front of goal Benzema just hasn’t been the same player he once was.He ended up scoring just somewhere close to 10 goals last season while this season after a bright start has once again failed to find the back of the net consistently as a result Real too have been struggling.It looks highly unlikely that Benzema will be at the club next season therefore he should not have been include in the 30 man shortlist.