Messi is out of the list of candidates to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or
The Argentine star Lionel Messi, the French player of Paris Saint-Germain, was left out of the list of candidates to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or, which was announced by the French magazine “France Football”, Friday evening, in a surprise of great caliber, especially as he is the record holder in crowning the award.
His fellow Parisian teammate, Brazilian star Neymar da Silva, was also out of the list of nominees for the 2022 Ballon d’Or award.
The French magazine “France Football” announced the lists of candidates to compete for the Ballon d’Or award, which included 30 players, to choose the best player in the world for 2022, in the French capital, Paris, with the winner to be announced on October 17.
France Football announced, earlier, that several changes were made to the next edition of the Golden Ball award, and the evaluation focuses on the results of the players in the football season (2021-2022), specifically from August 2021 to May 2022, and not in the Gregorian year as was done Previously, and therefore the 2022 World Cup will not be counted in the evaluation, as the World Cup will be held about a month after the award winner is announced.
The number of journalists voting from representatives of 170 countries was also reduced to open the voting system for the representatives of the top 100 countries in the FIFA rankings for the men’s award, and the top 50 countries in the FIFA women’s rankings for the award for the best player award.
Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for the year 2021, for the seventh time in his history, after a fierce competition with Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, who was runner-up, to become the Argentine star, the most awarded with 7 titles, since its establishment 66 years ago.