FIFA have released a list of candidates for Ballon D’Or 2015 but remarkably, Gigi Buffon has been omitted.

The list includes players players such Arsenal’s David Ospina and QPR’s Massimo Luongo but league and cup winner Gigi hasn’t been included.

Ex Juventus coach Marcello Lippi was particularly incensed at the veteran keepers omission.

“I don’t want to offend anyone, but I too think it’s buffoonery that he shouldn’t be among the 59,” Lippi said.

“I don’t understand FIFA and I don’t know their criteria, but Buffon is – no, I won’t even give a technical opinion.

“The whole world knows his worth and what he did in 2015.”

Juventus are, nonetheless, well represented in the long-list with Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Giorgio Chiellini, Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata all included.



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