FORMER Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo is set to be named on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, according to reports.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have leaked a list of 59 names which it claims to be those in contention to be named as world football’s player of the year, with Luongo included alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The inclusion of Luongo – who left Town to join QPR over the summer – is most likely as a result of his exploits with Australia in 2015.

He was named player of the tournament as the Socceroos won the Asia Cup at the start of the year.

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The leaked Ballon d’Or list, as claimed by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo