Hugo Lloris has been named on the 30-man shortlist for the 2016 Ballon D’or – much to the delight of Tottenham Hotspur fans.
The France captain has been in great form this year and is one of eight Premier League based players to be nominated for the prestigious award.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino recently heralded Lloris as ‘one of the world’s best’ after his display against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League last week.
Following another clean sheet against Bournemouth at the weekend, it is hard to argue with that testament.
Interestingly, Lloris is the only goalkeeper from the Premier League to be nominated for the honour which was won by Lionel Messi last season.
That, of course, means that rival David de Gea missed out, much to the anger of Manchester United fans who claim their man is the best on the planet in between the sticks.
Diehard Spurs fans were quick to argue that comment – and with good reason.
Lloris now has 17 shutouts since the beginning of last season and is part of a Tottenham defence that has conceded just four league goals this term.
Having also captained his country to the Euro 2016 final this summer, the goalkeeper is surely worthy of his nomination.
Here are some of the best tweets following the news:
?? Hugoooooooooooooooooooooo! ??
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 24, 2016
Unless they are named shortly, Coutinho, ÷zil & De Gea miss out on the Ballon D’Or shortlist, over Payet & Lloris. French bias?
— From The Stands (@FromTStands) October 24, 2016
So where is the party at when Hugo Lloris becomes the first ever goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or in January?
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) October 24, 2016
— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) October 24, 2016
Lloris has conceded 3 goals all season, De Gea conceded 4 goals yesterday. There’s your answer lmao
— Simply (@DemPele) October 24, 2016
Lloris making the saves Man Utd fans think De Gea makes
Best goalkeeper in the league?
— Tom Mellor (@MellorFootball) October 22, 2016
Lloris what a save! If that is de Gea then sky launches a new channel in his honour before the game is over.
— Sandeep C (@Soulfly778) October 18, 2016