Luis Suárez is upset because he doesn’t understand that the Ballon d’Or is a popularity contest

Lou Suarez was the best player in the Premier League last season and the top scorer in Europe. But he’s not among the best 23 players in the world, according to the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

Lou Suarez is not best pleased about this. Here’s what he told RAC1, a Spanish radio station:

“They had already said to me that they had chosen me as the best player in the most difficult league in the world, or one of the most difficult, so it jumps out.

“I was also the leading scorer in the European leagues. But I prefer to stay quiet about these things, because every time I speak it can be a problem.”

Suárez won the Premier League player of the year last season. Then he bit a dude and got suspended for a quarter of a year, and now he’s something of a pariah in the soccer world.

The Ballon d’Or is awarded based on votes from international coaches, international captains and media members across the world. Here’s who voted last year. Like politics, it’s a popularity contest. (Hello, midterms!)

Anyway, according to voters, here’s the 23 players in the world who are better than Lou Suarez at soccer:

Gareth Bale, Wales, Real Madrid
Karim Benzema, France, Real Madrid
Diego Costa, Spain, Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois, Belgium, Chelsea
Angel Di Maria, Argentina, Manchester United
Mario Gotze, Germany, Bayern Munich
Eden Hazard, Belgium, Chelsea
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain
Andres Iniesta, Spain, Barcelona
Toni Kroos, Germany, Real Madrid
Philipp Lahm, Germany, Bayern Munich
Javier Mascherano, Argentina, Barcelona
Lionel Messi, Argentina, Barcelona
Thomas Muller, Germany, Bayern Munich
Manuel Neuer, Germany, Bayern Munich
Neymar, Brazil, Barcelona
Paul Pogba, France, Juventus
Sergio Ramos, Spain, Real Madrid
Arjen Robben, Netherlands, Bayern Munich
James Rodriguez, Colombia, Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Real Madrid
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany, Bayern Munich
Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast, Manchester City

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