Date: 22nd October 2019 at 7:30pm
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Southampton fans would admit that their team two years ago was vastly more talented than what they have now, yet not many supporters would have guessed a few of the names in that squad to go as far as they.

France Football yesterday announced via BBC Sport the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, and three former Saints players in the form of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic, who all enjoyed stellar years with the Liverpool duo winning the Champions League and the Serbian number 10 leading Ajax to a domestic double.

The nominees for the three players, though, resulted in some Saints fans on social media kicking themselves over what used to be at the south coast side, and how the squad was so much better when the trio, along with the likes of Graziano Pelle, were back playing their football at St. Mary’s.

Here’s what some Southampton fans had to say about three of their former players being nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award…

Some fans couldn’t believe how far Southampton have fallen in just two seasons…

After winning the PFA Player of the Year and being influential in Liverpool’s Champions League-winning season, Van Dijk is this year’s favourite for the Ballon d’Or award.


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