By Dominic Toner
Mesut Ozil was left out of the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist – and Arsenal fans were furious on Twitter with the decision.
The German midfielder did not make the prestigious list that is judged solely by a panel of journalists this year.
Ozil, 28, has enjoyed a remarkable year for the Gunners but did not do enough to make the list, which Cristiano Ronaldo is the bookmakers’ favourite for.
There were eight Premier League representatives named, including Leicester duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
Arsenal supporters were particularly unimpressed by the inclusion of West Ham’s Dimitri Payet and were furious with Ozil’s omission.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
No Ozil on the ballon d'or shortlist 😂 who even judges these things hahahahahaha
— Jordan (@Jordanbeck1991) October 24, 2016
Any other player in Europe does what Ozil did they'd be heralded as the best and have a huge price tag. Agenda against Arsenal has to stop
— Chief Ozil (@ChiefOzil) October 24, 2016
Ozil nearly breaks Premier League assist record, no Ballon D'or nomination, but Payet gets one for a few free-kicks?
— Sean McPolin (@SeanMcPolin1) October 24, 2016
HOW HAS PAYET BEEN NOMINATED BUT OZIL HASNT!
— Jimmy (@jummalM98) October 24, 2016
Payet makes the Ballon D'or shortlist and not Alexis or Ozil? 😂😂😂 is this a joke?
— Caleb Partin (@CalebPartin) October 24, 2016
Why is ozil not nominated for the ballon d'or, what a joke
— XHAKALAKA (@MattyLouthAFC) October 24, 2016
Fail to see how Sanchez or ozil isn't on that shortlist #AFC
— Joe Ranger (@JoeRanger96) October 24, 2016
Ozil is adored by the Arsenal supporters and has become a fan favourite since his arrival in 2013 from Real Madrid.
He has been a regular feature in the side making 128 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals and supplying 44 assists.
The attacking midfielder has netted six goals in his first 11 appearances this season and appears to have added a strong threat going forward.
Ozil also enjoyed a fantastic 2015/16 season, scoring eight goals and supplying 20 assists in just 45 appearances.
Here is the full Ballon d’Or 30-man list:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Diego Godin (Atlético Madrid)
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG/Manchester United)
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Koke (Atletico Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Rui Patricio (Sporting Portugal)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
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