Ballon d’Or 2022: Huge fuss about superstar Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi will be awarded the Ballon d’Or on 29 November 2021 in Paris.

Huge fuss surrounding Argentine superstar Lionel Messi ahead of the prestigious Ballon d’Or.

For the sports magazine “L’Equipe” it’s “like a summer without the Tour de France”: For the first time since 2005, football superstar Lionel Messi (35) is not on the list of 30 nominated players for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.

On the other hand, his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo belongs to the elite circle, as do the two German internationals Joshua Kimmich and Antonio Rüdiger and world footballer Robert Lewandowski.

Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi is not up for election

Frenchman Karim Benzema, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid, is the favorite for the election. The striker also became the top scorer in the premier class with 15 goals. With ten goals in the knockout phase, he set a corresponding record of former Real star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The list also includes Norwegian Erling Haaland and Sébastien Haller as his successor at Borussia Dortmund. Haller is currently out for months due to a tumor disease. The new Bayern striker Sadio Mané has also made it into the selection. In addition to Messi, PSG teammate Neymar is missing another prominent name.

In 2021, Messi won the election ahead of Lewandowski, which caused a lot of criticism. There will be a change in the future.

Instead of evaluating the performance of footballers per calendar year, as has been the case up to now, seasonal performance will be taken into account in future.

The upcoming Ballon d’Or awards will be for the 2021/22 season. In future, only representatives of the top 100 in the FIFA ranking list will be entitled to vote. In addition, the overall career should no longer be a criterion. (dpa)

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