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Messi misses out as Ronaldo makes 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist

Man Jose Kayima

Seven time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has missed out on the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist for the first time since 2005.

The Paris Saint Germain forward won the famous accolade last year and has been among the nominees since 2006.

He has featured in the top three since 2007 with the exception of 2018.

Last season, Messi scored 11 goals for PSG. His teammate at the Paris side Neymar also misses on the list, the Brazilian scored 13 goals in 28 matches.

Meanwhile, Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or for an 18th time.

Real Madrid talisman Karim Benzema is the favourite for this year’s title after a tremendous 2021/22 season in which he scored 44 goals in 46 appearances.

Karim Benzema poses with the Champions league trophy ( Photo Courtesy

He led Real to a Cup double and finished as the La Liga and Champions league top scorer.

The winner will be crowned at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on October 17 in Paris.

2022 Ballon d’Or shortlist

•Thibaut Courtois (Real Madird)
•Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
•Rafael Leao (AC Milan)
•Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
•Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
•Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
•Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)
•Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
•Luis Diaz (Liverpool)
•Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
•Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
•Casemiro (Real Madrid)
•Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
•Fabinho (Liverpool)
•Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
•Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
•Harry Kane (Tottenham)
•Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)
•Phil Foden (Manchester City)
•Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich)
•Sebastien Haller (Borussia Dortmund)
•Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
•Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid)
•Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
•Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
•Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

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