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Lionel Messi Missing As 30-man Nominees For 2022 Ballon d’Or Confirmed

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A 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award has been announced today, Friday, 12 August 2022.

This was confirmed by France Football, who are organizers of the award, via their website today.

Recall that Lionel Messi, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain, won the Ballon d’Or last year after beating the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho and Karim Benzema.

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But this year, it was shocking and surprising that the seven time Ballon d’or winner, Messi and his teammate, Neymar Jr did not make the list.

Below are the nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or:

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1. Thibaut Courtois (BEL, Real Madrid)
2. Rafael Leao (POR, AC Milan)
3. Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool)
4. Joshua Kimmich (GER, Bayern Munich),
5. Christopher Nkunku (FRA, RB Leipzig)
6. Trent Alexander-Arnold (ANG, Liverpool)
7. Robertt Lewandowski (POL, Bayern Munich then FC Barcelona)
8. Bernardo Silva (POR, Manchester City)
9. Vinicius Junior (BRE, Real Madrid)
10. Luis Diaz (COL, FC Porto then Liverpool)
11. Karim Benzema (FRA, Real Madrid)
12. Fabinho (BRE, Liverpool)
13. Riyad Mahrez (ALG, Manchester City)
14. Heung-min Son (CDS, Tottenham)
15. Casemiro (BRE, Real Madrid)
16. Phil Foden (ENG, Manchester City)
17. Harry Kane (ENG, Tottenham)
18. Sadio Mané (SEN, Liverpool then Bayern Munich)
19 Darwin Nunez (URU, Benfica then Liverpool),
20. Mike Maignan (FRA, AC Milan)
21. Kevin De Bruyne (BEL, Manchester City),
22. Sébastien Haller (CIV, Ajax then Borussia Dortmund)
23. Luka Modric (CRO, Real Madrid)
24. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Manchester United)
25. Antonio Rüdiger (GER, Chelsea then Real Madrid),
26. Joao Cancelo (POR, Manchester City)
27. Erling Haaland (NOR, Borussia Dortmund then Manchester City)
28. Kylian Mbappé (FRA, PSG)
29. Virgil Van Dijk (HOL, Liverpool)
30. Dusan Vlahovic (SER, Fiorentina then Juventus).

Hammed Tajudeen is the Editor-In-Chief of Blaze Newz Nigeria, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication.

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