Steven Gerrard has slammed FIFA’s “political” move to discount former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez from their candidates for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
The list has twenty-three names on it – which does not include that of Suarez, who was banned from all football activity globally for four months during the World Cup for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during their game against Uruguay.
Suarez, who made his return to action at the weekend in his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in El Clasico, shortly after left Anfield to move to Spain for a hefty £75m. But Gerrard is clearly not impressed with the move to bar him from the list of nominees.
“He scored 31 goals and was voted best player in the hardest league in the world,” Gerrard told The Daily Mail.
“So you tell me how he’s not on the Ballon d’Or list? Incredible. He should be fighting Cristiano Ronaldo for it. That’s a fact. I can’t believe it but that’s politics in football isn’t it?”