Arjen Robben, who has been in top form for club and country over the past year, has been nominated on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.

  • By Spencer Steevensz
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11robballArjen Robben has played top flight football for many of the world’s largest clubs for over ten years. In the club football world, he’s won just about every medal possible. However, his career was marred by accusations of diving, chronic injury problems, and choking when it really mattered always tarnished his reputation as one of the world’s best.

Since slipping the winning goal past Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller in the Champions League final two years ago, he’s been unstoppable. He was hands down the key man in the Netherlands surprise third place run this summer, and many hailed him as the best player of the tournament. Now, he has the chance to prove his naysayers wrong, and at the unlikely age of 30, could be a real contender to take home the biggest individual prize in football.

Full list of nominees below:

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid/Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid/Chelsea), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Ángel Di María (Real Madrid/Manchester United), Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich/Real Madrid), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), James Rodríguez (Monaco/Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Yaya Touré (Manchester City)

Spencer Steevensz (104 Posts)

I'm a digital/social marketer out of Chicago. I grew up loving Dutch football - total football is the only way to play. I support PSV in the Eredivisie, and whatever team has the most Dutch guys on it in any other league. Hup Holland Hup!