Today, the world football star gathers in Paris. The Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual award in world football, will not land in the hands of recent winner Lionel Messi this time around. The Argentine, with seven laurels, the absolute record holder in the competition, is not even on the list of 30 candidates. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has the best chance of winning. This year, Jan Oblak is also among the ten nominees for the Lev Jašin Award, which will be awarded as the best goalkeeper of the season.
The day will be chosen at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris and will be broadcast live From 7:30 pm (Red Carpet) can be seen on Planet 2. The main event will start 8 pm.
After the selection of last year’s Ballon d’Or winner, which continued to raise dust for so long, there was no shortage of critics convinced he would have loved more than the Argentine. Lionel Messi Awarded by the Pole Robert LewandowskiThe top scorer of Bayern Munich and the German Bundesliga last season decided to make a change in the French magazine France Football. A new era has come, when performances in the entire calendar year will not be taken into account in the selection, but only in the 2021/22 season.
There will also be fewer journalists involved in the selection process. Only those in the top 100 countries in the FIFA rankings for men’s football, or the top 50 countries for women’s football will be able to vote. They are directed to consider several criteria in their selection. Not only the football player’s individual performance in the previous season, but also the team’s success, behavior on the field and adherence to the principles of fair play during the season.
The selection of the best football player in the world has been under the auspices of France Football magazine since 1956. In early August, the organizers selected a list of the 30 largest nominees. In doing so, France Football journalists teamed up with colleagues in the sports daily L’Equipe and selected representatives of the seventh force, who were chosen by the former football star as a kind of ambassador for the selection of the Ballon d’Or, who was also the host of the event in Paris last year. Didier Drogba.
List of 30 Ballon d’Or nominees:
|Footballer||nation||Club in the 2021/22 season, current club with *|
|Trent Alexander Arnold||England||Liverpool (England)|
|Karim Benzema||France||Real Madrid (spa)|
|Joao Cancelo||Portugal||Manchester City (England)|
|Casemiro||Brazil||Real Madrid (Spain), Manchester United (England) *|
|Thibaut Courtois||Belgium||Real Madrid (spa)|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Belgium||Manchester City (England)|
|Luis Diaz||Colombia||Porto (Bor) / Liverpool (Ang)|
|Phil Foden||England||Manchester City (England)|
|Erling Haaland||Norway||Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Manchester City (England) *|
|Sebastian Haller||Ivory Coast||Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands), Borussia Dortmund (Germany) *|
|Harry King||England||Tottenham (eng.)|
|Joshua Kimmish||Germany||Bayern Munich (Germany)|
|Rafael Liao||Brazil||Milan (Italy)|
|Robert Lewandowski||Poland||Bayern Munich (Germany), Barcelona (Spain) *|
|Riyad Mahrez||Algeria||Manchester City (England)|
|Mike Minyan||France||Milan (Italy)|
|Sadio Mane||Senegal||Liverpool (England), Bayern Munich (Due) *|
|Kylian Mbappe||France||Paris Saint-Germain (France)|
|Luka Modric||Croatia||Real Madrid (spa)|
|Christopher Nkunko||France||RB Leipzig (German)|
|Darwin Nunez||Uruguay||Benfica Lisbon (Portugal), Liverpool (England) *|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Manchester United (England)|
|Antonio Rudiger||Germany||Chelsea (Ang), Real Madrid (Spain) *|
|Mohamed Salah||Egypt||Liverpool (England)|
|Bernardo Silva||Portugal||Manchester City (England)|
|Son Heung Min||South Korea||Tottenham (eng.)|
|Virgil van Dijk||Holland||Liverpool (England)|
|Vinicius Jr||Brazil||Real Madrid (spa)|
|Dusan Vlahovic||Serbia||Fiorentina (Italy) / Juventus (Italy)|
Benzema’s first favorite, Ronaldo is already 18 on the list
And the list of nominees for the Golden Ball is dominated by players from Real Madrid, the European champion and Spain in the 2021/22 season, the Champions League runner-up Liverpool, and the English champion Manchester City. Since only last season’s achievements will be taken into account and not the 2022 calendar year, he will be the favorite to win the award. Karim Benzema. The Frenchman, who also scored in the Clasico between Real and Barcelona (3:1) on Sunday, dazzled last season with goals in both the Champions League and the Spanish Championship, and the Ballet White went on in both competitions.
However, some of the big names in world football are not on the list. For example, a seven-time winner Lionel Messi, who did not repeat in his first season with Paris Saint-Germain the statistical excesses that he distinguished with Barcelona, and sometimes also with the Argentine national team shirt. Messi contributed 11 goals and 15 assists in 34 matches, which is still for many an excellent achievement, but football fans expected more outstanding performances from the experienced Argentine, winner of the Ballon d’Or last year, upon his arrival in Paris. He was also left without a more visible feat in the Champions League, in the end not even making it to at least 30 candidates. This happened to him for the first time since 2005. With this he broke the streak of 15 consecutive places on the 30-man shortlist, reached the podium 13 times and was in the top three. And among the 30 candidates, there is not even his star player Neymar, who decided the French derby match with Marseille (1: 0) on Sunday evening.
But she’s back on the list Cristiano Ronaldo, who decided to move from Turin last year. Joining his former club in Manchester, he was United’s top scorer, but remained without glories. The 37-year-old Portuguese found himself on the shortlist for the 18th time in his career. Together with Messi, they have won 12 of the last 13 Ballon d’Ors. Their streak was only broken by Croatia in 2018 Luka ModricHe is also a nominee for this year’s award.
In the 90th minute, Real confirmed their superiority in the Clasico with a penalty kick
Haaland does not like to change the organizers
The list of candidates also includes young aces, according to the predictions of many pioneers of the new generation who may rule world football for many years to come. they are french Kylian Mbappethe only representative of the atomic attack PSG, a Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland, who is doing a great job this season. Since he moved to the island, there is rarely a game where he hasn’t scored (at least once).
Last season, the playful Scandinavian defended the colors of Borussia Dortmund. He scored 29 goals in all competitions, but missed quite a few matches due to health problems, so he was overshadowed by the scorers list. Karim Benzema Beside Robert Lewandowski. Haaland won’t be a serious contender for glory. If the whole of 2022 was taken into account as well as his contribution to the Manchester City shirt, it would probably be different.
Pedri will not defend his laurels
In Paris today, among others, they will choose the best female footballer, the best young player, the list of the ten finalists for the Dill Award does not include the last winner Pedria, because he played very few matches for Barcelona last season (12 only in La Liga and ten in other competitions). Pedri will only turn 20 next month.
List of 30 nominees for the Lev Gashin Prize:
|Alison Baker||Brazil||Liverpool (England)|
|Yassine Bounou||Morocco||Seville (spa)|
|Thibaut Courtois||Belgium||Real Madrid (Ang)|
|Ederson||Brazil||Manchester City (England)|
|Hugo Lloris||France||Tottenham (eng.)|
|Mike Minyan||France||Milan (Italy)|
|Edward Mendy||Senegal||Chelsea (eng.)|
|Manuel Neuer||Germany||Bayern Munich (Germany)|
|Jan Oblak||Slovenia||Atletico Madrid (spa)|
|Kevin Trapp||Germany||Eintracht Frankfurt (German)|
They will also choose the best goalkeeper. The main candidate to win the Lev Jašin Prize is the Belgian Thibaut CourtoisWho helped Real Madrid to the Spanish and European titles.
He is among the ten candidates again Jan Oblak. The currently injured Atletico goalkeeper, who injured his shoulder in Saturday’s game in Bilbao, finished third in the vote to win the title last year. Thus, the long-standing pride of Slovenian football will be part of the official event, which will take place in the evening in the French capital and will be watched by millions of football fans.
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