The list of nominees for 2018 Ballon d’Or is out and despite its star-studded line-up, there are a few players who did not deserve to be in Top 30.
The list of 30 nominees for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award is filled will superstars from around the globe with former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi making the list. And although the real competition for the beautiful trophy will be between 5-6 superstars, making it to the list of 30 best players is a big deal in itself.
Hence, we feel like some of the players did not really derive the spot in the nominations based on their form. Here are three such players :
1. Karim Benzema:
What was the last time Karim Benzema was on fire? What was the last time it felt like the Frenchman is one of the deadliest No. 9 in the world especially ahead of Robert Lewandowski and Ciro Immobile?
You might have to go back to the 2015-16 season in order to find that Benzema. Since then, the Frenchman has been a pale shadow of his former self. He did score crucial goals against Bayern in semifinal and Liverpool in the final of the Champions League. But those goals were scored mainly due to Sven Ulreich and Loris Karius’s dreadful errors than Benzema’s abilities. And other than those two gifted goals, the striker was nowhere near his beat.
With just 12 goals in 47 appearances for Real Madrid, Benzema did not deserve a place in the top 30.