France football Balloon d’Or award organizers have announced a 30-man list of nominees for the annual 2022 Ballon d’Or award.


Lionel Messi who has won the trophy seven times consecutively was left off the list for this year’s coveted football award.

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Messi, who won the title last year, had been an ever-present amongst the nominations since 2006 and a regular feature in the top three since 2007 except for 2018.

The Argentina football icon who plays for Paris Saint-German has not outshined in the club unlike he had done in his former team, Barcelona where he made outstanding performances.

Below is the full list of the 2022 Ballon d’Or nominees, their age, country, and club.

Thibaut Courtois – 30 years old (BEL, Real Madrid)

Rafael Leao – 23 years old (POR, AC Milan)

Mohamed Salah – 30 years old (EGY, Liverpool)

Joshua Kimmich – 27 years old (GER, Bayern Munich)

Christopher Nkunku – 24 years old (FRA, RB Leipzig)

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Trent Alexander-Arnold – 23 years old (ANG, Liverpool)

Robert Lewandowski – 33 years old (POL, Bayern Munich then FC Barcelona)

Bernardo Silva – 28 years old (POR, Manchester City)

Vinicius Junior – 22 years old (BRE, Real Madrid)

Luis Diaz – 25 years old (COL, FC Porto then Liverpool)

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Karim Benzema – 34 years old (FRA, Real Madrid)

Fabinho – 28 years old (BRE, Liverpool)

Riyad Mahrez – 31 years old (ALG, Manchester City)

Heung-min Son 30 years old (CDS, Tottenham)

Casemiro – 30 years old (BRE, Real Madrid)

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Phil Foden – 22 years old (ENG, Manchester City)

Harry Kane – 29 years old (ENG, Tottenham)

Sadio Mané – 30 years old (SEN, Liverpool then Bayern Munich),

Darwin Nunez – 23 years old (URU, Benfica then Liverpool)

Mike Maignan – 27 years old (FRA, AC Milan)

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Kevin De Bruyne – 31 years old (BEL, Manchester City)

Sébastien Haller – 28 years old (CIV, Ajax then Borussia Dortmund)

Luka Modric – 36 years old (CRO, Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo – 37 years old (POR, Manchester United)

Antonio Rüdiger – 29 years old (GER, Chelsea then Real Madrid)

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Joao Cancelo – 28 years old (POR, Manchester City)

Erling Haaland – 22 years old (NOR, Borussia Dortmund then Manchester City)

Kylian Mbappé – 23 years old (FRA, PSG)

Virgil Van Dijk – 31 years old (HOL, Liverpool)

Dusan Vlahovic – 22 years old (SER, Fiorentina then Juventus).

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