Football icon Lionel Messi will not be nominated for the Ballon d’Or trophy for the first time in his career in nearly 17 years. The Argentinian player has been with the Paris Saint Germain team for over a year. He left FC Barcelona over the club’s financial suffering. His performance has suffered since last year.
Messi has been nominated for the Ballon D’Or every year since 2006 and has won seven trophies. He has more trophies than any other player in history. It will be the first time in a decade he won’t even be nominated. His fans are disappointed, but his performance last year and this year suffered a lot. Messi has registered only 11 goals and 14 assists for PSG in the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
PSG also didn’t come to the finals of the UEFA Champions League. For his national team Argentina, Messi has seven goals in 15 games. Argentina won the Finalissima against Italy at the Wembley Stadium. The Finalissima win was followed by the Copa America title victory of the continent.
Here are the Shortlisted players for the Ballon d’Or
Thibaut Courtois, Rafael Leao, Christopher Nkunku, Mohamed Salah, Joshua Kimmich, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Vinicius Junior, Bernardo Silva, Luis Diaz, Robert Lewandowski, Riyad Mahrez, Casemiro, Heung-Min Son, Fabinho, Karim Benzema, Mike Maignan, Harry Kane, Darwin Nunez, Phil Foden, Sadio Mane, Sebastien Haller, Luka Modric, Antonia Rudiger, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyen, Dusan Vlahovic, Virgil van Dijk, Joao Cancelo, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland
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