Lionel Messi Missing From 15-Man Shortlist For Ballon D’Or

The candidates for the Ballon d’or award are being unveiled throughout Monday in batches of five and Barcelona maestro, Lionel Messi has not appeared on the list.
Names announced earlier today had the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski among others.
The remaining groups of players will be announced at 4pm, 6:15pm and 6:30pm (all times CET) and Lionel Messi is expected to be on the list.
After winning La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid, followed by Euro 2016 with Portugal, Ronaldo remains the favourite to win the award this year, though Lionel Messi is aiming to win the prize for the sixth time.
List of 15 players released so far include
1.) Cristiano Ronaldo
2.) Gareth Bale
3.) Sergio Aguero
4.) Gianluigi Buffon
5.) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
6.) Kevin De Bruyne
7.) Antoine Griezmann
8.) Paulo Dybala
9.) Gonzalo Higuain
10.) Diego Godin
11.) Andres Iniesta
12.) Koke
13.) Toni Kroos
14.) Robert Lewandowski
15.) Zlatan Ibrahimovic





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