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Touré makes 23-man FIFA Ballon d’Or Shortlist
Côte d’Ivoire captain Yaya Touré has been named as part of the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or 23-man shortlist.
The 32-year-old experienced a drop in form in 2014/15 after the lofty heights he’d reached in the season before that – 20 goals and a winner’s medal in the 2013/14 Premier League – but still managed to net his second highest-ever goal tally with 12 club goals to his name.
On the international front, Touré led Côte d’Ivoire to their second Africa Cup of Nations triumph, 13 years after their first win.
Below is the shortlist in full:
Sergio Agüero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain), Andrés Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Thomas Müller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitić (Croatia/FC Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich), James Rodríguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona), Yaya Touré (Côte d’Ivoire/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich).