The announcement by L’Equipe this evening has sparked discussion amongst fans, both regarding the inclusions and the notable absences. Neymar and seven-time winner Lionel Messi both missed out, but Cristiano Ronaldo still made the cut despite his tough year with Manchester United.
The last player to win the Ballon d’Or whilst playing in Serie A was Kaka, who achieved the feat with following his incredible season with Milan. The last Italian winner came a year prior, when Fabio Cannavaro lifted the award after guiding Italy to glory in the 2006 World Cup.
Five Italian players have won in total – Omar Sívori (1961), Gianni Rivera (1969), Paolo Rossi (1982), Roberto Baggio (1993) and Cannavaro (2006).