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Lionel Messi is SNUBBED for 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist despite winning his seventh crown only last year

Lionel Messi is SNUBBED for 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist despite winning his seventh crown only last year… but his great rival does Cristiano Ronaldo does make the cut with Neymar also overlooked

Reigning Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has sensationally missed out on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s award following his disappointing debut campaign with PSG.

Longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo made the cut but team-mate Neymar did not as France Football’s ceremony on Friday provided a some big shocks.

Clear favourite Karim Benzema did unsurprisingly make the list, along with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Sadio Mane and Kylian Mbappe.

Lionel Messi and Neymar were both snubbed as the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or was revealed

BALLON D’OR NOMINEES

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

Rafael Leao (AC Milan)

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Vinicius Jnr (Real Madrid)

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Luis Diaz (Liverpool)

Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus)

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Casemiro (Real Madrid)

Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Fabinho (Liverpool)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Mike Maignan (AC Milan)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich)

Sebastian Haller (Borussia Dortmund)

Messi has not been left off of a Ballon d’Or shortlist since 2005, having won the award seven times during that span.

 

The seventh came last year, Messi rewarded for a fine final season with Barcelona.

However, things have not quite gone to plan since his shocking departure from the Nou Camp, the Argentine managing just six league goals in his debut campaign with Paris Saint-Germain.

English trio Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Foden and Harry Kane were among the 30-strong line-up.

Foden is one of six Manchester City players on the list including new signing Erling Haaland while Liverpool quintet Mohamed Salah, Luiz Diaz, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Darwin Nunez – as well as the recently departed Mane – were also included.

Son Heung-min joins his strike partner Harry Kane, completing the 17 Premier League players included.

Benzema is looks certain to claim the prize for the first time after leading Madrid to Champions League glory, scoring 15 goals in the competition and 44 in all last season.

Karim Benzema is the clear favourite for the award after his stunning form last season
Foden is one of six Manchester City players on the list including new signing Erling Haaland while Liverpool quintet Mohamed Salah, Luiz Diaz, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Darwin Nunez – as well as the recently departed Mane – were also included.
Son Heung-min joins his strike partner Harry Kane, completing the 17 Premier League players included.
Benzema is looks certain to claim the prize for the first time after leading Madrid to Champions League glory, scoring 15 goals in the competition and 44 in all last season.
Karim Benzema is the clear favourite for the award after his stunning form last season.
Your final five

Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus)
Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Five more

Sebastian Haller (Borussia Dortmund)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Another five….

Mike Maignan (AC Milan)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Darwin Núñez (Liverpool)

Phil Foden (Man City)

Sadio Mané (Bayern)

Your next five nominees

Riyad Mahrez (Man City)

Casemiro (Real Madrid)

Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)

Fabinho (Liverpool)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

 

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