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LUIS SUAREZ has paid the price for his World Cup bit­ing shame after be­ing left out of the 23-man short­list for the Bal­lon d’Or.

The Barcelona ace had a stun­ning sea­son for Liver­pool, scor­ing 31 goals as the Reds nar­rowly missed out on their first Premier League ti­tle for 24 years.

But, after leav­ing the World Cup in dis­grace for bit­ing Italy’s Gior­gio Chiellini, the Uruguayan has missed the cut for the list of the world’s best play­ers.

Barcelona for­ward Lionel Messi and La Liga ri­val and cur­rent holder Cris­tiano Ron­aldo look set to bat­tle it out once again for the award, with the win­ner an­nounced in Zurich on Jan­uary 12.

This year’s 23-man short­list doesn’t in­clude a sin­gle English­man.

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