Messi-Neymar not on Ballon d’Or shortlist

France Football magazine has shortlisted 30 footballers in the running for this year’s Ballon d’Or award. Lionel Messi, the Argentine superstar, has been left out of this list. Messi took home the prestigious award seven times, but this time his name is not on the short list! For the first time since 2005, the Ballon d’Or saw a different picture.

Meanwhile, to the surprise of football lovers once again, Messi’s PSG teammate Neymar’s name did not appear in this list.

On the other hand, even though Messi and Neymar are not there, Messi’s arch-rival Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is there. He has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or a record 17 times. Ronaldo has been nominated for the prestigious award for the highest number of times.

All eyes are on Karim Benzema for the 2022 Ballon d’Or. It is thought that he is the biggest claimant this time. Besides, Real’s teammate Thibaut Courtois is on the demand list with him. Also included, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Arling Holland. The winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or will be announced on October 17 in Paris, France.

Short list: Thibaut Courtois, Rafael Leo, Christopher Nkuku, Mohamed Salah, Joshua Kimmich, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Vinicius Jr., Bernardo Silva, Luis Dias, Robert Lewandowski, Riyad Mahrez, Casemiro, Heung Min Son, Fabinho, Karim Benzema, Mike Mignon, Harry Kane. , Darwin Nunez, Phil Foden, Sadio Mane, Sebastian Haller, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antonio Rudiger, Kevin De Bruyne, Dusan Vlahovic, Virgil von Dijk, Joao Cancelo, Kylian Mbappe and Arling Holland.

(Dhaka Times/13 August/SM)


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