For the first time, the Brazilian is amongst the three
Finally there has not been Blaugrana treble. The three nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 are Leo Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the announcement made on Monday by Edgar Davids, on behalf of FIFA.
Thus, Luis Suárez has finally not been included in the three finalists and Cristiano will opt for the title one more year. It would have not been the first time with three FC Barcelona players —it happened in 2010, with Messi, Iniesta and Xavi.
This is Leo Messi's 9th time in Ballon d'Or podium; he is the favorite to win the award. We will know if he gets his 5th Ballon d'Or on January 11. Meanwhile, Neymar has been nomineed for the first time. Last year, apart from Messi and Cristiano, Neuer —Bayern Munich goalkeeper— was the third finalist.