‘Absolute Disgrace’ ‘Criminally Low Ranking’ Fans Not Happy As Arsenal Duo Are Listed Outside Top 20 For Award

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard and teammate Bukayo Saka were ranked 28th and 24th respectively in this year’s Ballon d’Or award list.

The pair were below the likes of Manchester United’s Andre Onana and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, leaving many supporters on X unhappy with their lowly position in the rankings:

How are the Ballon d’Or rankings decided?

One journalist each from the top 100 member nations of FIFA are asked to vote on the winner for the Ballon d’Or so fans will have to decide for themselves whether the nomination process is fair.

The fact that Lionel Messi won the award purely based on his performances at the World Cup does suggest that some sort of reform is needed in how votes are cast but people will have differing opinions on that.

Another Arsenal player is up for a prestigious award

Summer signing Declan Rice is one of 12 nominees for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player, along with the likes of Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Victor Osimhen, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Marcelo Brozovic, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Julian Alvarez, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland.

Public voting for the award has now ended, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony at the beginning of next year.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.