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Has howler-prone Arsenal keeper David Ospina been named on Ballon d'Or shortlist?

Tom Edwards

Published 02/10/2015 | 18:28

Arsenal's David Ospina looks dejected after scoring an own goal and the second goal for Olympiacos
Arsenal's David Ospina looks dejected after scoring an own goal and the second goal for Olympiacos

Gaffe-prone Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has been included on the Ballon d'Or shortlist and could potentially be named the best footballer in the world, if a report from Spain is to be believed.

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The 59-player list, which Mundo Deportivo claim to have obtained exclusively, also includes Harry Kane, David de Gea, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez, among others.

Some of the other unlikely candidates for the prize also include Swansea's Andre Ayew and Leicester's Shinji Okazaki.

Of course, Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madird are represented more than any other club with seven players each. Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be favourites to claim the prize.

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski must surely also be among the favourites after an incredible run of form that saw him score the fastest five goals in Bundesliga history.

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Candidates: Full shortlist of players  Photo: MUNDO DEPORTIVO

It has been claimed on Twitter that the list may just be every player who has received one vote or more, rather than any of them being judged against each other, which would go some way to explaining the inclusion of players like Ospina.

 The 2014 Ballon d'Or was won by Ronaldo, who gave a tearful acceptance speech at the ceremony, saying: "I have no words to describe this moment. Thanks to all of my team-mates at Real Madrid and the national team.

"Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.

"Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. My partner, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment."

He also spoke of his rivalry with Messi, adding: "I have a very professional relationship with Messi, he's a player I admire.

"I'm happy to compete with the best. I'm going to try win things with Madrid and the national team, and I hope to be here again next year and win."

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