Ballon D’Or 30-man Nominees: Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr snubbed as Ronaldo and Benzema made the list.
Hot favorite Karim Benzema has been nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or, but Lionel Messi and Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain have not been included on the shortlist. For the first time since 2005, Messi, who has won the award seven times overall, is not included on the list. On October 17, the Ballon d’Or award winners are revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Paris.
Neymar and Lionel Messi are not among the 30 players selected for the 2022 Ballon d’Or shortlist.
Despite having won seven Ballons d’Or, the Argentine international, who played for Paris Saint-Germain last season, was left off the list despite having 11 goals in 34 matches.
Neymar, a teammate of his, is also absent from the list. He only appeared on the field for PSG 28 times last season due to injuries. Yes, Kylian Mbappe is on the list.
winning the Ballon d’Or five times Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 18 goals in 31 games for Manchester United last season, is on the list.
Karim Benzema, the favorite to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or, led Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid team to La Liga and Champions League victories last season with 44 goals.
Following Real Madrid’s Super Cup victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night, Karim Benzema said Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the Liga team allowed him to step up his game.
Vinicius Junior, who won the Champions League final match, Luka Modric, and Casemiro are also included in the top 30 players for the top award, along with Thibaut Courtois, who is named on the Yachine Trophy shortlist for the best goalkeeper. Antonio Rudiger, a recent acquisition who excelled for Chelsea last year, is included.
Although Liverpool came up just short of winning the league, Mohamed Salah, who also had the most assists last year, is included as the joint-top scorer in the Premier League. Teammates Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Luis Diaz, Fabinho, and Darwin Nunez are present with him. Tottenham is represented by Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.
Rafael Leao of AC Milan and goalkeeper Mike Maignan made the list after winning the Serie A championship the previous year.
Christopher Nkunku – Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2021/22 – and Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich all make the cut alongside former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.
Robert Lewandowski – now a Barcelona player – is once again nominated after scoring more goals than he had appearances in both the Bundesliga and Champions League for Bayern Munich last season; 48 goals in 44 matches.
Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller is on the list after a productive season at Ajax in 2021-22.
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva – who could be set to leave the Premier League champions – has been acknowledged as has Phil Foden, Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo and new signing Erling Haaland.
Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus, who began the season at Fiorentina before joining Juventus in January, has made the shortlist.
BREAKING: The nominees for the 2021/22 Men's Ballon d'Or:
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