Who is the best player of 2014?


On Tuesday, FIFA released their shortlist for the Ballon D’or, the award given to the best player in the world every year. They’re list is 23 names long, whilst the Coach of the Year shortlist has also been announced. Both can be viewed at: http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/news/y=2014/m=10/news=men-s-shortlists-for-fifa-ballon-d-or-2014-revealed-2462547.html?intcmp=fifacom_hp_module_news

Last year I announced my top 10 players of 2013 based on my opinion, but this time around, I’m handing it over to you to vote for the best player, best coach and best young player of 2014. Below is my 23 man shortlist for best player of the year, 5 man shortlist for coach of the year and 10 man shortlist for young player of the year.

Once you have read them, click on the link to the survey to vote for the five people of your choice in each category. You have one month to vote, with the top three in no particular order to be announced on December 1st, which is also when I will open the voting for team of the year.

So without further a do, here are the shortlists….

World Player of 2014

  • Sergio Aguero (Manchester City & Argentina)
  • Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France)
  • Diego Costa (Chelsea & Spain)
  • Angel di Maria (Manchester United & Argentina)
  • Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea & Spain)
  • Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich & Germany)
  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG & Sweden)
  • Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)
  • Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich & Germany)
  • Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany)
  • Javier Mascherano (Barcelona & Argentina)
  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
  • Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich & Germany)
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany)
  • Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil)
  • Paul Pogba (Juventus & France)
  • Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Netherlands)
  • James Rodriguez (Real Madrid & Colombia)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
  • Luis Suarez (Barcelona & Uruguay)
  • Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)

Young Player of 2014 (23 years old and under)

  • Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea & Belgium)
  • Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan & Italy)
  • Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich & Germany)
  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
  • Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil)
  • Paul Pogba (Juventus & France)
  • James Rodriguez (Real Madrid & Colombia)
  • Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg & Switzerland)
  • Raheem Sterling (Liverpool & England)
  • Marco Veratti (PSG & Italy)

Coach of 2014

  • Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)
  • Joachim Low (Germany)
  • Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)
  • Alejandro Sabella (Argentina)
  • Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)

Now complete the survey to submit your votes! Remember the deadline is the 30th November!



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