This week’s rather long 23-man shortlist for the coveted Ballon d’Or provided a sharp wake-up call to English football.
We may boast the most exciting league in the world, but is it really the greatest?
The fact that just five Premier League stars have been nominated for the prize this year (three of whom are newbies) tells it’s own story about the individual quality perhaps.
According to this list, 78% of the world’s best footballers DON’T play in England.
Just for fun (although it proved far more complicated than I’d imagined) I’ve narrowed FIFA’s stellar cast of 23 down to a top five.
Gareth Bale, the sole Brit on the list just missed out, placing sixth in my own rankings but I’m happy with the standard of those that did make the cut…