with Benzema and Mbappé, without Messi!

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France Football unveiled this Friday the list of players nominated for the 2022 edition of the Ballon d’Or.

Who will succeed Lionel Messi? Less than a year after the seventh coronation of the Argentinian – absolute record holder in the matter -, the identity of the best player in the world for this year 2022 will be revealed. And while waiting for the winner, a first skimming was carried out with the list of players nominated for this edition of the Ballon d’Or. France Football decided on the spot to concoct a group of footballers considered to be the big players in this 2021-22 season – a new criterion in the awarding of the prestigious individual trophy, which until then rewarded a calendar year.

Benzema big favorite

Among the other notable parameters, individual performances will be put back in the foreground for this Ballon d’Or France Football 2022, far ahead of the winners, synonymous with collective results. If he has won almost everything with Real Madrid (Champions League, La Liga, European Super Cup) and the French team (Nations League), it is above all for his exceptional impact that Karim Benzema ranks as the great favorite of the year. Top scorer in C1 and La Liga, the former Lyonnais had a masterful season, with epic performances in the spring against PSG (treble), Chelsea (treble then decisive goal) and Manchester City (double in the first leg, goal in the second leg). return).

In addition to “KB9”, several stars of world football have taken the light. We obviously think of Kylian Mbappethe most decisive player of the season and attacking leader of Paris Saint-Germain, but also Sadio Manebrilliant with Liverpool and Senegal before his transfer to Bayern Munich, or the Belgians Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid). Without forgetting Robert Lewandowskistill as clinical with Bayern Munich and new reinforcement for FC Barcelona, ​​or Mohammad Salah, remarkable with Liverpool. All these players are part of this list unveiled by the monthly. What about Messi and Ronaldo? The two greatest holders of Ballons d’Or have had mixed fortunes: if Cristiano Ronaldo is well on the list despite a contrasting season at Manchester United, Lionel Messidefending champion and absolute record holder (7), does not appear there. Neymar is also absent.

The 30 nominated for the Ballon d’Or 2022:

Thibault Courteous (Belgium – Real Madrid)
rafael leao (Portugal – AC Milan)
Joshua Kimmich (Germany – Bayern Munich)
Christopher nkunku (France – RB Leipzig)
Mohammad salah (Egypt – Liverpool)
Trent Alexander Arnold (England – Liverpool)
Vinicius Jr (Brazil – Real Madrid)
Bernardo Silva (Portugal – Manchester City)
Luis Diaz (Colombia – Liverpool)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland – Bayern Munich, then FC Barcelona)
Riyadh Mahrez (Algeria – Manchester City)
Casemiro (Brazil – Real Madrid)
Heung Min Son (South Korea – Tottenham)
Fabinho (Brazil – Liverpool)
Karim Benzema (France-Real Madrid)
Mike Maignan (France – AC Milan)
Harry Kane (England – Tottenham)
Darwin Nunez (Uruguay – Benfica Lisbon, then Liverpool)
Phil Foden (England – Manchester City)
sadio Mane (Senegal – Liverpool, then Bayern Munich)
Sebastian Haller (Ivory Coast – Ajax Amsterdam, then Borussia Dortmund)
Luka modric (Croatia – Real Madrid)
Antonio Rüdiger (Germany – Chelsea)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal – Manchester United)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium – Manchester City)
Dusan Vlahovic (Serbia – Juventus)
Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands – Liverpool)
Joao Cancelo (Portugal – Manchester City)
Erling Haaland (Norway – Borussia Dortmund then Manchester City)
Kylian Mbappe (France – Paris Saint Germain)