Check Out The Nominees For The 2022 Ballon D’Or Men & Young Player of The Year Award.

The organisers of the prestigious Ballon d’Or awards have announced the full list of nominees for the Men’s Player Of The Year award 2022.

There are 30 finalists and Messi being absent from the list is grabbing all the headlines. It’s the first time since 2005 that he won’t be up for a vote. He finished among the top three on 13 occasions between 2006 and 2021.

The new guidelines for the award — individual performance as the primary criteria and career success no longer a factor — are believed to be the main reason that Messi does not find himself among the top 30 players in the world.

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Messi won the Ballon d’Or last year for a record seventh time, and alongside fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo they have shared 12 of the last 13 Ballon d’Or trophies between them.

Ronaldo did make cut in 2022 and now has 18 Ballon d’Or nominations compared to Messi’s 15.

Check Out The Nominees For The 2022 Ballon D’Or Men Player of The Year Award.

NamePositionClubNational Team
Trent Alexander-ArnoldDFLiverpoolEngland
Karim BenzemaFWReal MadridFrance
Joao CanceloDFManchester CityPortugal
CasemiroMFReal MadridBrazil
Thibaut CourtoisGKReal MadridBelgium
Cristiano RonaldoFWManchester UnitedPortugal
Kevin De BruyneMFManchester CityBelgium
Luis DiazFWPorto / LiverpoolColombia
Phil FodenFWManchester CityEngland
Erling HaalandFWBorussia Dortmund
(now Manchester City)
Sebastien HallerFWAjax
(now Borussia Dortmund)
Ivory Coast
Harry KaneFWTottenham HotspurEngland
Joshua KimmichMFBayern MunichGermany
Rafael LeaoFWAC MilanPortugal
Robert LewandowskiFWBayern Munich
(now Barcelona)
Riyad MahrezFWManchester CityAlgeria
Mike MaignanGKAC MilanFrance
Sadio ManeFWLiverpool
(now Bayern Munich)
Kylian MbappeFWPSGFrance
Luka ModricMFReal MadridCroatia
Christopher NkunkuFWRB LeipzigFrance
Darwin NunezFWBenfica
(now Liverpool)
Antonio RudigerDFChelsea (now Real Madrid)Germany
Mohamed SalahFWLiverpoolEgypt
Bernardo SilvaMFManchester CityPortugal
Son Heung-minFWTottenham HotspurSouth Korea
Virgil van DijkDFLiverpoolNetherlands
Vinicius JuniorFWReal MadridBrazil
Dusan VlahovicFWFiorentina/JuventusSerbia

Also Read: Checkout The Nominees For The Ballon D’Or Goal Keeper Of The Year Award 2022.

Also below is the 2022 Kopa Trophy finalists for the young player of the year award:

NamePositionClubNational Team
Karim AdeyemiFWBorussia DortmundGermany
Jude BellinghamMFBorussia DortmundEngland
Eduardo CamavingaMFReal MadridFrance
Ryan GravernberchMFAjaxNetherlands
Josko GvardiolDFRB LeipzigCroatia
Nuno MendesDFPSGPortugal
Jamal MusialaMFBayern MunichGermany
Bukayo SakaFWArsenalEngland
Florian WirtzMFBayer LeverkusenGermany

The prestigious prizes will be handed out at a glitzy ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Oct. 17.

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