Ballon d'or

CARSON, Calif. - LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos has been included among some of the globe's greatest soccer talents on the 2015 Ballon d'Or long list. 


Dos Santos is among the top 59-players in the world on the long list for the prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy that is awarded to the globe’s top player. The 26-year-old LA Galaxy forward is one of two Major League Soccer players included in the list, the other being New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Also included on the list is Dos Santos’ national team teammate Andres Guardado.


Although the Mexican striker knows that moving forward in the consideration for the award is incredibly unlikely, he’s still honored to be considered.


“It’s great to be on the list with some of the best players in the world,” Dos Santos said. “I’m very happy to represent my country and my team. I’m very proud. I’ve been working very hard, and while it was a surprise for me, I’m very happy.” 


The complete list is below:

Claudio Bravo - Barcelona


Javier Mascherano - Barcelona


Andrés Iniesta - Barcelona


Lionel Messi - Barcelona


Ivan Rakitic - Barcelona


Neymar - Barcelona


Luis Suárez - Barcelona


Gareth Bale - Real Madrid


Karim Benzema - Real Madrid


Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid


Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid


Luka Modric - Real Madrid


James Rodríguez - Real Madrid


Toni Kroos - Real Madrid


Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus


Paul Pogba - Juventus


Alvaro Morata - Juventus


Arturo Vidal - Juventus/Bayern


Andrea Pirlo - Juventus/New York City FC


Carlos Tevez - Juventus/Boca Juniors


Robert Lewandowski - Bayern


Arjen Robben - Bayern


David Alaba - Bayern


Thomas Müller - Bayern


Manuel Neuer - Bayern


Wilfried Bony - Manchester City


Yaya Touré - Manchester City


Sergio Agüero - Manchester City


Nicolás Otamendi - Valencia/Manchester City


Kevin de Bruyne - Wolfsburg/Manchester City


Diego Costa - Chelsea


Willian - Chelsea


Thibaut Courtois - Chelsea


Eden Hazard - Chelsea


Edinson Cavani - PSG


Zlatan Ibrahimovic - PSG


Javier Pastore - PSG


Wayne Rooney - Manchester United


David de Gea - Manchester United


Memphis Depay - PSV/Manchester United


David Ospina - Arsenal


Alexis Sánchez - Arsenal


Antoine Griezmann - Atlético Madrid


Jackson Martínez - Porto/Atlético Madrid


Carlos Bacca - Sevilla/Milan


Giovani dos Santos - Villarreal/LA Galaxy

Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool


Son Heung-min - Bayer Leverkusen/Tottenham


Christian Atsu - Everton/Bournemouth


Paolo Guerrero - Flamengo/Corinthians


Eduardo Vargas - QPR/Hoffenheim


Gary Medel - Internazionale


Harry Kane - Tottenham


Alexandre Lacazette - Lyon


Andrés Guardado - PSV


Carlos Sánchez - River Plate


André Ayew - Marseille/Swansea


Massimo Luongo - Swindon/QPR


Shinji Okazaki - Mainz/Leicester