French Football have released the list of nominees for the 2022 Ballon d’Or awards.
Regarded as the greatest Football Awards in the world, Ballon d’Or is awarded every year to the best footballer in the last 12 months basing on their performance and achievements on both club and National teams.
Alongside the Best Male Footballer of the Year (Ballon d’Or) other awards presented on that day include Best Female Footballer of the year Award Ward (Ballon d’Or Féminin), the Kopa Trophy given to the best footballer under 21, Yashin Trophy given to the best Goal Keeper, striker of the year and best club of the year.
For the first time since 2005,record seven times Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is not on the list of 30 nominees an act thay has surprised many who even used to blame Organizers, the French Football as being pro Messi.
Portuguese and Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo was nominated for a joint record 13th time while South Korea and Tottenham’s son was nominated for the second time, the only Asian Player to be nominated in the awards.
2022 favorite Karim Benzema was nominated alongside Real Madrid team mates Thibaut Courtois, Luka Modric, Vinincius Junior and the recently added Antonio Rudiger who joined the team this summer from Chelsea F. C.
Winners for the 2022 Ballon D’or will be awarded on October 17th 2022.
Here is a list of Ballon d’Or nominees for 2022
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, England)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)
Joao Cancelo (Manchester City, Portugal)
Casemiro (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)
Luis Diaz (Liverpool, Colombia)
Fabinho (Liverpool, Brazil)
Phil Foden (Manchester City, England)
Erling Haaland (Manchester City, Norway)
Sebastien Haller (Borussia Dortmund, Ivory Coast)
Harry Kane (Tottenham, England)
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich, Germany)
Rafael Leao (AC Milan, Portugal)
Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona, Poland)
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, Algeria)
Mike Maignan (AC Milan, France)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain, France)
Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich, Senegal)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)
Darwin Nunez (Liverpool, Uruguay)
Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig, France)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal)
Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid, Germany)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City, Portugal)
Son Heung-min (Tottenham, South Korea)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands)
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus, Serbia)