Ghana international Christian Astu has been included in the 2015 Fifa’s Ballon D’Or shortlist.
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo the FIFA shortlist not only contains the names of usual suspects such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but also includes nods for the bench-bound Bournemouth winger Atsu.
Atsu is assumingly included in the Ballon D’Or shortist for his international form, as at club level there’s really not much to crow about.
The Ghana international is yet to feature in a Premier League game for his club side Bournemouth this season, but has been in superb for Ghana as he was named the best player of the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have the largest contingent of the 59 players, which is completely unsurprising, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo again favourites to walk away with the shining golden ball in January.
Atsu joins Black Stars teammate Andre Ayew on the list.