The Ballon d’Or Awards ceremony took place on 17/10/2022, in Paris, France.
Karim Benzema is the strongest candidate, as he won the top scorer of the Champions League and La Liga, and helped Real Madrid win these two tournaments.
Argentine media said that France Football insulted the football world by crossing Lionel Messi’s name from 30 2022 Ballon d’Or nominations.
“France Football not only insults Messi, but insults football,” TyC Sports, Argentina’s leading television channel, commented on Lionel Messi not being nominated for the Ballon d’Or.
“Will there be 30 better players than Messi in 2022? Even if Messi drops his form, he is still Messi. It’s a shame that the list has Nkunku, Maignan and Rudiger.”
France Football announced the list of 30 Ballon d’Or candidates on 12/8. Messi did not appear on this list for the first time since 2005. He was the owner of last year’s award, increasing the record to seven career titles.