Arsene Wenger has congratulated Mesut Ozil on his nomination for the Ballon d’Or ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Sunderland this weekend.
But there was one tiny problem with doing so…
The German midfielder was not on the shortlist for the award!
The 30-man list was drawn up this week and Ozil was absent from it. In fact, no Arsenal player made the cut.
Wenger was keen to point out he wasn’t a huge fan of the award but still managed to make a hilarious gaffe by congratulating the 28-year-old.
‘Certainly the is a big satisfaction for him [Ozil] and for us as well, but I am against it because I think it gets in the head of players,’ he said.
‘We have seen many people only thinking about themselves because they are obsessed by the Ballon d’Or and not by the team performance and I believe football is a collective sport and we live already in a world where everything is individualised.
‘We want to respect what football is about, first about the team effort.
‘Of course, I encourage and congratulate the players who do well and I’m happy for that.
‘But when you look at the history you do not always think that it has been the most objective decision always and I think that the players who are the best, we know very well about them.
‘Let’s take care of those who are not as much in the glory. The best – we know all about them.’
Ballon d’Or shortlist 2016
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Diego Godín (Atletico Madrid)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona)
Koke (Atletico Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Neymar (FC Barcelona)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
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