Lucy Bronze makes feelings crystal clear after surprise Keira Walsh snub
Ballon d'Or nominations rarely arrive without stirring debate, and England and Barcelona star Lucy Bronze is leading the charge against the "ridiculous" snub of club and country team-mate Keira Walsh.
Walsh, currently the most expensive player in women's football, was conspicuously absent from the 30-player shortlist for the best female footballer of 2023 released on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, England quartet Millie Bright, Rachel Daly, Mary Earps and Georgia Stanway were among the nominees, along with Chelsea and Australia striker Sam Kerr and Spain and Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati.
Two-time Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas was not nominated, with the striker missing a large portion of last season through injury.
Twenty-six year-old Walsh is largely considered to be one of the best midfielders in the game. The Rochdale native joined Barcelona from Manchester City last summer for a world-record transfer fee, with the Spanish giants doling out some 350,000 with add-ons