The Year 2022 Ballon d’Or Nominees are out and Messi’s Name is absent

It’s been confirmed that Ballon d’Or’s latest (66th) edition will be taking place much earlier than the former years. 

It has been confirmed that the format for Ballon d’Or has been changed from the running year. However, the change in the format is permanent and the year 2022 will be starting it all.

The list of all the nominees for the Ballon d’Or has been made public. It is very shocking that the winner of the year 2021 Ballon d’Or is not on the list. 

Ballon d’Or Winner from 2021

The winner of the Ballon d’Or 2021 was Lionel Messi. The year 2021 Ballon d’Or win was the 7th Ballon d’Or win for the player. He currently ranks as the top Ballon d’Or with 7 wins in his bag.

However, this year, the player was not even able to make it to the list of the Ballon d’Or nominees, let alone be among the top picks. 

Number two in terms of the highest number of Ballon d’Or wins is Cristiano Ronaldo who has won 5 Ballon d’Or titles. The most recent Ballon d’Or win for Cristiano Ronaldo was back in 2017. 

The fans of Cristiano Ronaldo will be glad to know that he has made it to the list of Ballon d’Or nominees for the year 2022. 

Nominees for the Ballon d’Or 2022

For the Ballon d’Or 2022, a total of 29 players have been selected as the nominees. These are from different clubs and to be precise, they are from a total of 12 clubs.

12 Clubs 

The 12 clubs from which the players have been selected include AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Liverpool, and Manchester City. More clubs include Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Real Madrid, and Tottenham.

Nominees by Club

The players who made it to the nominees from AC Milan are Rafael Leao and Mike Maignan. From Barcelona, it is only Robert Lewandowski who made it to the list.

Two nominees from Bayern Munich include Joshua Kimmich and Sadio Mane. Borussia Dortmund only produced one nominee, Sebastian Haller.

Juventus has produced two nominees that are Dusan Vlahovic and Joao Cancelo. 

Liverpool has produced the highest number of nominees for Ballon d’Or 2022 with 6 nominees. The Liverpool nominees include Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Luis Diaz, Fabinho, Darwin Nunez, and Virgil van Dijk.

Manchester City has produced 5 nominees that are Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, and Erling Haaland. 

From Manchester United, only Cristiano Ronaldo has made it to the list. Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig both produced 1 nominee each that are Kylian Mbappe and Christopher Nkunku. 

Real Madrid has produced 5 nominees that include Thibaut Courtois, Casemiro, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, and Antonio Rudiger.

In the end, Tottenham has produced 2 nominees that including Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane. 

Ballon d’Or 2022

The Ballon d’Or for 2022 is set to take place on October 17, 2022, and the most favorite picks among the nominees are Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane.

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