2022 Ballon d’Or nominees: Why is Cristiano Ronaldo nominated but Lionel Messi isn’t?
All of the players that will be competing for the 2022 Ballon d’Or were announced over the weekend. An official presentation event will be held in October to commemorate the world’s best player from the previous season. For the first time, the winner won’t be decided solely by their accomplishments in the previous calendar year but also in the previous season. After leading Real Madrid to the La Liga and UEFA Champions League double last season, Karim Benzema is the heavy favorite to win the honor. However, several other notable players are also in the running.
Seven-time winner Lionel Messi will be ineligible to defend his title in 2022. He will not be vying for his eighth award at the gala on October 17 because he was not among the 30 nominees announced by L’Equipe and France Football on Friday. However, Cristiano Ronaldo was accepted into the group.
Why was Lionel Messi omitted from the 2022 Ballon d’Or nominees list?
The current recipient of the Ballon d’Or made headlines when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer and promptly won the French league championship with his new team. The 35-year-old’s season was ruined by injuries, and he only scored six league goals in 26 league games. This wasn’t enough for France Football to recognize him in any way. The French publication has stated that Messi’s lackluster performance is due to the new Ballon d’Or criteria, which are based on the football season rather than the calendar year, and that they are also responsible for the award’s elimination from contention this year. They bring up how Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment hasn’t helped the team’s recent struggles and how his first year in Paris wasn’t a success.
Lionel Messi’s 15 consecutive appearances since 2006, seven Ballon d’Or awards, and current title holder status unavoidably give him considerable clout in the decision-making process. The Argentine was involved in talks to join the 30, but the new Ballon d’Or criteria were unfavorable: the elimination of a player’s entire career as a criterion, as well as a new periodicity based on the football season rather than the calendar year, which rules out his inclusion in the award on July 11, 2021, the day of the Copa America. The second-in-command at a French football publication, Emmanuel Bojan, explained that “it must be conceded that his first season in Paris was quite disappointing, both in terms of the visual impression and the statistics.”
Why was Cristiano Ronaldo included in the 2022 Ballon d’Or nominees list?
After explaining the reasoning behind Messi’s exclusion, L’Equipe justified the Portuguese’s inclusion on the list of 30 candidates for the Ballon d’Or, marking his 18th consecutive year in the running. L’Equipe has offered a variety of explanations for this. His six goals in the group stage helped Manchester United move to the round of 16, and he concluded the season with 32 goals in 49 games.
“The numbers contradict your claim [that Ronaldo shouldn’t be included]. This season, Ronaldo scored 117 goals for his country’s football team, setting a new record. With four impromptu goals in the Champions League group stage, he was a game-changer for Man Utd, helping them to seven points overall. As a Premier League player, he scored 18 times, including two hat tricks. “Not as many as in his finest seasons, but still good enough to be in the top 30 players in the world,” Emmanuel Bojan said of his teammate’s 32 goals in 49 games.