I’m not sure it is possible to time an announcement worse than this, but Calamity Dave has been named on the Ballon d’Or longlist.

Yep, that’s right. The keeper who threw one into the back of his own net against Olympiacos has been picked as one of the best keepers in the world.

Ospina, of course, has absolutely no chance of even making the cut when the initial list is reduced from 59 to 23 players.


The list was published by the Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo and the one pictured above does not include the seven Real Madrid players nominated nor the seven Barca players.

While you could argue that there aren’t that many top goalkeepers around, you’d have to try really, really hard not to find quite a few who have performed better that Dave over the past year.

Alexis Sanchez is the other Arsenal player on the list and you would fully expect him to make the cut.