Liverpool fans react with anger on Twitter to striker omission
By Emma Sanders
Liverpool fans reacted with anger on Twitter as former striker Luis Suarez was omitted from the final three-man shortlist for the Ballon D’or.
The Barcelona striker had an incredible year with the Catalan club but has been overlooked in the nominations in favour of fellow La Liga superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Last season, the prolific striker scored 40 goals in 35 league appearances and was Barcelona’s top goal-scorer, beating Messi and Neymar to the award.
He scored 14 more league goals than his nominated teammate Messu, netted eight hat-tricks in all competitions as well as clocking up 19 assists in the league and in Europe throughout the 2015-16 campaign.
Nobody else has won the award for the best player in the world other than Ronaldo or Messi in the last eight years so it was Griezmann’s inclusion that came as a shock.
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The Frenchman enjoyed a successful European Championship tournament in the summer, netting six goals on the way to becoming the competition’s top goalscorer before losing in the final against Portugal.
He netted 22 goals for Atletico Madrid in 38 league appearances last season too but that was 18 less than Suarez and the former Liverpool ace has already made a brighter start to the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 11 goals in 18 games in all competitions.
While at Liverpool, Suarez almost single-handedly guided the club to a Premier League title in 2014 and is regarded as one of the best players the club has ever had.
The club’s fans were unimpressed to learn of his omission.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
Suarez left out of 'FIFA Player Award' ????
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) December 2, 2016
If every you wondered why individual awards are pointless in football, just look at Suarez being overlooked for top 3 in Ballon d'Or.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) December 2, 2016
Suarez doesn't make the top three for the Ballon d'Or, pathetic.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) December 2, 2016
Hahaha. Another year were Luis Suarez is overlooked. This time he's arguably been THE BEST player in the world too. https://t.co/HZefrKBPbt
— Spion Kop (@TheKopHQ) December 2, 2016
— Kam (@kamarul01) December 2, 2016
#lfc next season Suarez 200 goals and 150 assists, FIFA spokesman says "unlucky son you nearly made top 10!!!
— James McCarthy (@JamesInvictus) December 2, 2016
we all agree Suarez > Antonio
but please he's not our player anymore
— MAJA (@BenjaminMaja) December 2, 2016
FIFA is a joke. I pay no attention to their awards.
— David Nolan (@feeferdeets) December 2, 2016
In other Liverpool news, this academy trio should all start in the best possible XI to face Bournemouth on Sunday.