It seems reports in Italy were correct, as Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder has surprisingly failed to make the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.
The Holland international was initially among the favourites for the prestigious individual award after winning the treble with Inter and reaching the World Cup Final.
France Football named Barcelona's trio of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi in the final cut for the Ballon d'Or.
The winner will be formally unveiled at an official ceremony in Zurich on January 10.
Inter captain Javier Zanetti had said it would be "absurd" for Sneijder not even to be on the podium for the Ballon d'Or.
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