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August 12, 2022

Lionel Messi is not nominated for the Ballon d’Or for the first time in 17 years

An unbroken line was broken. After being among the nominees for fifteen consecutive editions of Golden Ball (it was not awarded in 2020) and won the award seven times, more than anyone in history, Lionel Messi He is also not among the 30 selected for the highest individual football award given by the magazine. france footballAfter being honored in the previous edition.

is about The first time a flea hasn’t been on the list since 2005The year he scored his first professional goal at Barcelona, ​​and was involved in other high-profile omissions such as neymarhis partner PSGYou lautaro martínezthat comes from scoring 21 goals gap in Series A

In addition, it is also For the first time since 1995 no Argentine footballer appeared in the pre-selectionyear in which the Ballon d’Or Started to be given to players around the worldBeyond the limits for European players imposed upon its creation in 1956. However, it should be noted that in 2002, 2003 and 2004 he was nominated. Javier Seviola, Paul Aymare You Roberto AyalaListed 50, respectively, but received no votes from journalists.

the main candidate to win the prize, which is given before the start of Qatar World Cupis ahead of real madrid Karim Benzemawho concluded a huge 2021/22 season with the title of league And this Champions League, crowned himself the top scorer in both competitions. Other players who can dedicate themselves on October 17th are Robert Lewandowskiwho had another stellar season with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga before moving to Barcelona; You kiyan mbappeThe footballer who came out of the most turbulent PSG season with the most impunity.

Karim Benzema, the main candidate to win the Ballon d'Orz
Karim Benzema, the main candidate to win the Ballon d’Orz

Meanwhile, the players who received their first nominations are Christopher Nkunkuwhich surprised the marking 35 goals from midfield In RB Leipzig, Darwin Nunezu You louis diazourecent additions to liverpool, mike magnon You Raphael Leofigures of Milan Serie A champion for the first time in 11 years; Dusan VlahovicSerbian striker who went in January Juventus, You Sebastian HallerIvorian striker who stood out ajax But who had to undergo surgery for testicular cancer soon after signing with Borussia Dortmund,

Nominees for other awards

Since 2018, French football has diversified and started giving praise beyond the top prize for men’s football. This year, candidates to place among Women’s Ballon d’Or There are some recent euro figures, such as the Dutch Vivian MiedemaEnglish Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead and Millie BrightFrench Kadidato Diani and Wendy RenardGerman Lena Oberndorf and Alexandra Popo and Spanish alexia putelasLast year’s winner. Outside Europe, Americans stand out Alex Morgan, Katrina Macario and Trinity Rodman (daughter of former basketball player Dennis Rodman), Australian Sam Kerro and Chilean goalkeeper christian endler As the only Latin American representative.

Beth Mead, one of the stars of women's Euro champion England, is one of the nominees for the Ballon d'Or
Beth Mead, one of the stars of women’s Euro champion England, is one of the nominees for the Ballon d’OrJustin Tallis – AFP

On the other hand, the ten nominees for the Copa Award for the best player under the age of 21 have a Great Domain of the Bundesliga Germans, with the presence of Teutons Karim Adeyemi, Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtzexcept for Croatian if guardiolEnglish Jude Bellingham and dutch Ryan Gravenburch, Another great candidate is Real Madrid’s French midfielder Eduardo CamavingaBarcelona midfielder Gavic and arsenal winger bukayo saka,

Finally, the French magazine will also award the Yashin Trophy to the best goalkeeper, where the two main contenders are those who are also part of the main list, mike magnon of Milan You Thibaut Courtois of real madrid, Apart from these, there are more big names in the list. Alison, Ederson and ‘Daurd Mendy’of outstanding performance in the Premier League, and Manuel NeuerJoe at the age of 36 is still indispensable at Bayern Munich.

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