The Ballon d'Or might be an individual award, but the list of nominees is a triumph of the team.
A World Cup year is always going to be dominated by stars of that tournament, but the 23-man shortlist leans spectacularly towards those who shone in South Africa.
Twelve of the 23 nominees played for the two best teams - Spain and Germany - while all of them took part in the World Cup.
Do more than half of the world's elite players come from two countries? Of course not. They looked good because they were part of successful teams.
The counter-argument is that Spain and Germany were the best teamsRead More »from And the Ballon d’Or goes to…