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Barcelona Striker Luis Suarez Admits Surprise At Ballon d’Or Snub

Former Liverpool ace emits disbelief at omission from 23-man shortlist.

Barcelona new boy Luis Suarez has admitted that his omission from the 23-name Balon d’Or shortlist came as a shock, but he is not looking to hold grudges, according to the Guardian.

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The Barcelona striker was a notable absentee from the list when it was released last week, despite winning the Premier League’s Player of the Year Award and finishing as top scorer with 31 goals for Liverpool last season.

The striker’s problems with on-field discipline are largely thought to be behind the player’s exclusion from the list, with his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard calling the incident at the World Cup with Giorgio Chiellini ‘political’.

And though he admits it was a shock and frustrating, he stopped short of criticising the organisation.

“Everyone brings it to attention, as Gerard Piqué said, and what he told me is that they voted me as the best player in the most difficult league in the world, or one of the most difficult,” he said.

“I was also the highest goalscorer of all of the European leagues. But I prefer to keep quiet before saying things because every time that I speak there could be a problem.”

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