• REVEALED: Why Hazard was left off Ballon d’Or shortlist

    REVEALED: Why Hazard was left off Ballon d’Or shortlist

    The organisers of the award have explained why the Chelsea and Belgium midfielder, as well as Karim Benzema, did not merit a nomination for the coveted individual gong.

    France Football has blamed Eden Hazard’s “insipid” form for much of 2016 for his omission from the Ballon d’Or shortlist, while acknowledging Karim Benzema’s Euro 2016 absence was a factor in the Real Madrid striker missing the cut.

    The prestigious annual award that recognises the premier individual performer in world football is back under […]