Suarez is the biggest Ballon d'Or injustice, say Goal readers

More than half the voters believe the former Liverpool ace should have been named on the 23-man initial shortlist for the award, with Luka Modric coming second


Luis Suarez is the most glaring omission from the 23-man initial shortlist to win the Fifa Ballon d’Or, according to Goal readers.

Eyebrows were raised on Tuesday when the list of nominees for the game’s greatest individual prize were announced as Suarez – who won the PFA Player of the Year award as he inspired Liverpool to a second-placed finish – was left out.

Goal readers were similarly aghast at the decision not to include the Barcelona striker, with 53.9 per cent believing that the Uruguayan’s omission was the biggest injustice – over half of the overall vote.

Luka Modric came second in our poll, with 19.3% of readers saying the Real Madrid midfielder can count himself most unlucky to have missed out on a place after helping his side to Copa del Rey and Champions League glory.

Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus appears in third with 7.3% of the votes, just ahead of Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, who earned 5.2%.

Robert Lewandowski finished fifth in our poll, just a fraction ahead of Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, who seemed destined to earn the chance to battle for the game’s top individual honour until injury curtailed his year.

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin earned just 2.5% of the votes, ahead of Roma star Miralem Pjanic (1.1%) and Ivan Rakitic (0.9%). Finally, 1.7% of readers believe another name in world football deserved a place in the 23.

Take a look at the shortlist for the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or in full here.

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