On Friday, the 30 players who will compete for the Ballon d’Or this year were announced. Surprisingly, the seven-time winner of the award – Lionel Messi, did not fit in among the candidates for this year’s award.
This also caused serious indignation among the Argentine’s fans. Even more so considering the fact that his great rival and five-time winner of the “France Football” poll – Cristiano Ronaldo, found a place in the list of nominees this year.
La une de L’Équipe du 13 août.
— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) August 12, 2022
For this reason, the French newspaper Équipe, who are the publishers of the magazine organizing the Ballon d’Or poll, have given an explanation for the omission of the current winner of the Messi award and the inclusion of Cristiano.
“Sacrilege? An event, in any case,” wrote “Equip” regarding the absence of the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, after which the publication listed the reasons for this. The first of these is related to the change in the Ballon d’Or criteria, stating that during the evaluation period for the selection of candidates, Messi’s performance did not live up to expectations. They point out that his first year at the Parc des Princes was not so good, that the player has had friction with his until recently manager Mauricio Pochettino and that his form has been poor, which has led to their description of his debut season in Paris as one marked by disappointment .
Comment Lionel Messi s’est libéré au PSG
Un an après sa signature, l’Argentin est plus épanou et libéré sur le terrain avec le PSG. Il souhaite prover qu’il peut faire mieux dans la capitale. https://t.co/RGC3DU4w69 pic.twitter.com/DKgO2EZcoU
— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) August 13, 2022
The “Team” also write that “there remains the unpleasant impression that a part of Leo has remained in Barcelona”, that he has scored only six goals in Ligue 1 and that with PSG’s elimination in the 1/8-finals of the Champions League by Real Madrid have ended the hopes of the team and the player.
Meanwhile, the newspaper also lists the reasons for Ronaldo’s presence among the nominees for the 18th time in a row. The publication highlighted the fact that the Portuguese became the number 1 goalscorer at national team level, that he scored six goals in the Champions League group stage to put Manchester United through to the knockout stages and that he ended last season with 32 goals in 49 games in all competitions tournaments. According to them, these successes are more than enough to keep Cristiano in the football elite.
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— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@francefootball) August 13, 2022