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Neymar left off Ballon d’Or shortlist after difficult year for Paris Saint-Germain which included hitting a fan and failed Barcelona transfer

Neymar has been omitted from the Ballon d’Or shortlist with France Football providing eight reasons as to why they left him out.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has been shortlisted for the past eight years, finishing third in 2015 and again in 2017.

Neymar has endured a troubled year on and off the field
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However, he is the most high-profile player to miss out on this year’s list, along with last year’s winner Luka Modric.

And France Football have detailed the list of events which occurred throughout Neymar’s troubled year to see him omitted.

The incidents date back to January, when he left the pitch in tears during PSG’s 2-0 win over Strasbourg in the French Cup after injuring his metatarsal.

In March, the Brazil international criticised the officials for awarding Manchester United a winning penalty in their Champions League round of 16 tie, while during the following month he was filmed lashing out at a supporter after PSG’s cup final loss to Rennes, landing him a three-match ban.

Neymar’s problems were not just confined to club football, however, as he was ruled out the summer’s Copa America with an ankle ligament injury, picked up in a 2-0 friendly win over Qatar.

Neymar then spent much of the summer trying to quit the French champions, but failed to secure a move back to former club Barcelona and was jeered mercilessly by PSG fans when he returned to action in September.

Virgil van Dijk, the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or, is joined by several of his Liverpool team-mates on the shortlist.

Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, are all included among the 30 players in the running for the famous award,

Neymar's troubled year

  • January 23 – Metatarsal injury
  • March 6 – Abusing match official after Man Utd match
  • April 27 – Pushing a supporter
  • June 6 – Ankle injury ahead of Copa America
  • August 9 – Cleared of rape allegation
  • Transfer window – Failed move to Barcelona
  • September 14 – Jeered by PSG fans
  • October 13 – Another injury on international duty


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