Lionel Messi not nominated for Ballon d'Or for first time since 2005

Fri 12 August 2022 | 20:16

Lionel Messi has been left off Ballon d’Or 2022 shortlist revealed by France Football on Friday.

The nominees for the 2022 Ballon d'Or were revealed on Friday by France Football. The 2022 ceremony when the winner will be revealed is on 17 October 2022.

The biggest name who has missed out from the list is the seven-time winner

Lionel Messi

. This is the first time since 2005 that Messi has been left off the 30-man list of Ballon d'Or nominees.

Messi's Paris Saint-Germain teammate


is also absent from this list while

Cristiano Ronaldo

who has won five Ballon d'Or is nominated in 2022. Real Madrid star Karim Benzema is the favorite to win this year’s trophy.

The 35-year-old joined PSG from Barcelona last summer and only managed to score 11 goals in all competitions. It was Messi’s lowest single-season goal tally since 2005/06.

For the first time, the Ballon d'Or is being awarded based on a full season rather than a calendar year.

Ballon d'Or nominees

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Karim Benzema

Joao Cancelo


Thibaut Courtois

Cristiano Ronaldo

Kevin De Bruyne

Luis Diaz


Phil Foden

Erling Haaland

Sebastian Haller

Harry Kane

Joshua Kimmich

Rafael Leao

Robert Lewandowski

Riyad Mahrez

Mike Maignan

Sadio Mane

Kylian Mbappe

Luka Modric

Christopher Nkunku

Darwin Nunez

Antonio Rudiger

Mohamed Salah

Bernardo Silva

Son Heung-min

Virgil van Dijk

Vinicius Jr.

Dusan Vlahovic

source: SportMob

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