It’s probably fair to say that the usual suspects all picked up their fair share of the votes at this year’s Ballon d’or awards.
There were a few names in there that likely won’t be there next year – Leicester City duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy among them – but there were also a handful of big names that missed out.
While Robert Lewandowski reacted badly to being left behind in 16th place, there were some bigger names that will have to do with having nothing at all.
And we’re not talking about players that are lucky to be in the mix, we’re talking about players who have come close to winning it before and players who, while they likely won’t ever win it, could be in with a place in the top five.
Below, we’re looking at all of them and giving their credentials as to why they should have been given at least one vote in the process.
SERGIO RAMOS – REAL MADRID
The 30-year-old captained his side to yet another Champions League victory, making 33 appearances along the way. However, he couldn’t inspire his country to a more impressive showing at Euro 2016.
SERGIO AGUERO – MANCHESTER CITY
Though City surrendered their Premier League title without a fight last season, the Argentine still managed to chip in with 29 goals across all competitions.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE – MANCHESTER CITY
The Belgian was in red hot form until his recent injury, chipping in with goals and assists like they were going out of fashion. He’ll hope that Guardiola can steady the ship in the second half of the season to get him back to his best.
MANUEL NEUER – BAYERN MUNICH
The Bayern stopper finished third behind Messi and Ronaldo back in 2014, but this time around failed to register a single vote.
GONZALO HIGUAIN – JUVENTUS
The Argentine goal machine hit 38 in 42 appearances for Napoli last season and has continued that rich vein of form for Juve this term with another 12 so far, but sadly those goals counted for nothing in France Football’s eyes.
ANDRES INIESTA – BARCELONA
Like Neuer, Iniesta is another player that finished third not too long ago. However, injury, age and a slight dip in form have hampered his chances this time around.
PAULO DYBALA – JUVENTUS
A dead ball specialist in the truest sense. The 23-year-old has been in spectacular form for Juve over the past 12 months, helping the club to lift yet another Scudetto.
DIEGO GODIN – ATLETICO MADRID
Godin has been monumental for Atleti at the back since he first arrived in 2010, and recently he has been linked with a move to the Premier League, but the boffins in France didn’t think too much of his performances, apparently.
HUGO LLORIS – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
The France international was one of Tottenham’s unsung heroes on their quest for the Premier League title this year. His form carried on into Euro 2016 where he helped France to the final, but it seems it’s all been overlooked.
THOMAS MULLER – BAYERN MUNICH
Despite another prolific year in front of goal where his 32 goals led Bayern to another German league and cup double, there were no votes for the player.
KOKE – ATLETICO MADRID
The 24-year-old is maturing into a very fine player indeed, but apparently not fine enough for him to pick up the votes.