A 30-man list of nominees for the 2022 Ballon d’Or award has been announced.
Gatekeepers News reports that 2022 shortlist was revealed by France Football.
Lionel Messi, was left off the list for this year’s coveted football award.
Messi, who won the title last year, had been an ever-present amongst the nominations since 2006 and a regular feature in the top three since 2007 with the exception of 2018.
The nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or are listed below:
Thibaut Courtois (BEL, Real Madrid)
Rafael Leao (POR, AC Milan)
Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool)
Joshua Kimmich (GER, Bayern Munich)
Christopher Nkunku (FRA, RB Leipzig)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (ANG, Liverpool)
Robert Lewandowski (POL, Bayern Munich then FC Barcelona)
Bernardo Silva (POR, Manchester City)
Vinicius Junior (BRE, Real Madrid)
Luis Diaz (COL, FC Porto then Liverpool)
Karim Benzema (FRA, Real Madrid)
Fabinho (BRE, Liverpool)
Riyad Mahrez (ALG, Manchester City)
Heung-min Son (CDS, Tottenham)
Casemiro (BRE, Real Madrid)
Phil Foden (ENG, Manchester City)
Harry Kane (ENG, Tottenham)
Sadio Mané (SEN, Liverpool then Bayern Munich),
Darwin Nunez (URU, Benfica then Liverpool)
Mike Maignan (FRA, AC Milan)
Kevin De Bruyne (BEL, Manchester City)
Sébastien Haller (CIV, Ajax then Borussia Dortmund)
Luka Modric (CRO, Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Manchester United)
Antonio Rüdiger (GER, Chelsea then Real Madrid)
Joao Cancelo (POR, Manchester City)
Erling Haaland (NOR, Borussia Dortmund then Manchester City)
Kylian Mbappé (FRA, PSG)
Virgil Van Dijk (HOL, Liverpool)
Dusan Vlahovic (SER, Fiorentina then Juventus).