Germany goalkeeper the rank outside to topple usual suspects.
The Ballon d’Or shortlist has been whittled down to just three names that sees Barcelona’s Lionel Messi go up against Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
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Ronaldo, the defending champion, helped his side lift the Champions League back in May whilst continuing to break a plethora of personal records along the way.
Messi, who had a poor year with Barcelona by their standards, won nothing. However, like Ronaldo, he broke a big number of personal records as the year progressed too – including becoming La Liga’s all time top goalscorer.
Neuer, though, had a wildly successful year for club and country. On top of lifting the Bundesliga title back in May he helped Germany to collect another World Cup title over the summer. He did all of this whilst only conceding 13 goals as well!
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