Neymar was excluded from Ballon d’Or because of a ‘black year’, says France Football

The magazine that awards one football’s most prestigious awards revealed why the Brazilian was absent from the nominees

Ballon d’Or presenters France Football has released justification explaining why Neymar was left off the 30-man shortlist to win the prestigious award for the first time since 2010.

The Brazil international was the most high-profile absentee from a list of nominees that included Virgil van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Describing his last 10 months as being part a ‘black year’, France Football listed eight incidents that provided an explanation for Neymar’s omission.

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