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Messi misses out on 2022 Ballon d'Or list as Salah, Mane, Benzema and others get nominated

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward, Lionel Messi has passed up the 30-man waitlist for the 2022 Men's Ballon d'Or, having won the honor simply the year before.

Messi won the Ballon d'Or for a record seventh time last year after he assisted guide Argentina to a Copa America with prevailing.


Kylian Mbappe is the main player from the elegant PSG group to have made the cut, with Neymar and Gianluigi Donnarumma likewise passing up on the nominations for the biggest award.

Six players from each of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool have been selected, while previous Reds star Sadio Mané has likewise been remembered for the waitlist, yet as a Bayern Munich player.

Genuine Madrid's Karim Benzema is supposed to win the honor this year, as he scored 15 objectives for the club on the way to winning last season's Champions League.


Benzema has always lost the honor, however at 34 years old the striker is as his life. On the off chance that fruitful, Benzema would be the main Frenchman to win the honor since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.

Kevin de Bruyne, Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski are among the other leaders to win the honor.

Full rundown on 2022 Ballon d'Or candidates

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, England)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City, Portugal)

Casemiro (Real Madrid, Brazil)

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)

Luis Diaz (Liverpool, Colombia)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)

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)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)

Darwin Nunez (Liverpool, Uruguay)

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig, France)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal)

Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid, Germany)

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City, Portugal)

Child Heung-min (Tottenham, South Korea)

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands)

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid, Brazil)

Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus, Serbia)

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