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‘Messi has more Ballon d’Or rewards than 30 nominees combined’ Twitter users express shock as Lionel Messi misses on the Ballon d’Or award nominations

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for seven times

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Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Twitter)

On August 12, France Football announced the contenders for the Ballon d’Or awards. The winners will be decided out of the players on the list. The same will be decided on October 17, a month before the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Talking about the awards, it determines the best European footballer of the previous year. Notably, for the first time since 2005, Argentina’s Lionel Messi has been omitted from the list.

Of the 30 players named for the award, the legendary has missed out as he had a poor season with his new team, Paris Saint-Germain. Apparently, due to financial constraints in the Barcelona club, the 35-year-old left his long-time team and joined the PSG. Recently, Cristophe Galtier, the new head coach of the PSG backed the Argentinian by saying that the latter has played so many games and won many trophies and is a great professional.

“When you have such a record and you have played so many games, won so many trophies and been so decisive in your career, it’s because you are a great professional,” he said in the pre-match press conference.

Meanwhile, Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to make it to the award list. After all, he was the top goals scorer for Manchester United, who had a poor season last year. Players such as Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois are favourites to win the trophy following their remarkable season in which they won LaLiga, the UEFA Champions League, and the UEFA Super Cup. It will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo wins the trophy or not.

Shortlisted players to win 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, Antonio Rudiger, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Dusan Vlahovic, Virgil van Dijk, Joao Cancelo, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

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