The Premier League is enriched with such glorious talent, and while the last nine Ballon d’Ors have been won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, and the former is favourites after winning La Liga, the Champions League and Euro 2016, many Premier League talents have been nominated, such as Eden Hazard, Sadio Mané and N’Golo Kante. However, one name that slipped under the radar was Romelu Lukaku.
The two big controversies from England was the absence of Lukaku and Sergio Aguero on the list. Aguero did finish the season as Manchester City’s top goalscorer on 33 goals, while Lukaku was the same with Everton on 26 goals, but finished higher than the Argentine on the Premier League’s top goalscorer’s list, finishing second only to Harry Kane.
The reason that the Belgian should’ve been nominated is that during the 2016/17 season, he contributed to exactly 50% of Everton’s Premier League goals and helped the Toffees reach Europe. He also broke records that campaign set by Duncan Ferguson, Gary Lineker and Dixie Dean.
He has stolen headlines this year by moving away from Everton to Manchester United, where he is still banging goals in, helping the Red Devils put in an early fight for the Premier League title.
In relation to Aguero, Manchester City still had the fire power of Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, etc. Lukaku was scoring goals for fun with a mid-table side. However, Ballon d’Ors barely go low down the leagues, otherwise another shout for nomination would have been Gylfi Sigurðsson.
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