The 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist for the 2021-22 season has been released. Where Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, Polish star Robert Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah and many others are at the top. Cristiano Ronaldo is on the list, but Lionel Messi, who spent last season off form, did not get a place. In addition, there is no Brazilian star Neymar.
Who is the only contender for the Ballon d’Or in the 2021-22 season? No more hesitation is needed to get the answer to that question. That name can be said in one sentence. It is now clear that Frenchman Karim Benzema is ahead of everyone in the Ballon d’Or race.
French forward Karim Benzema tops the list of favorites for individual performances. He spent the last season like a dream. Benju is the mastermind behind Real winning the Champions League record 14 times. He played 46 matches in all competitions and scored 44 goals. He also scored a goal in the Super Cup before the start of the new season. The striker also holds the record for the second highest goalscorer in Real Madrid history.
Meanwhile, Polish goal machine Robert Lewandowski is in this list. Scored 41 goals in all competitions throughout the season. Apart from this, the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running for the best.
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However, Lionel Messi, who won a record seven Ballon d’Ors, is not on the shortlist. Such an incident happened after 15 years after 2005. That’s all! Mr. Ballon d’Or is not even on the UEFA Player of the Year shortlist. After moving from Barcelona to PSG last year, the Argentine star could not make the season his own.
The Argentinian footballer had no goals to speak of last season. Scored only 6 goals in the 21-22 season for PSG. As a result, they have fallen behind others due to poor form throughout the year.
Meanwhile, Brazilian star Neymar has spent a large part of the year in PSG injured. He has fallen back from that side. Apart from this, the rules for winning the Ballon d’Or have also changed. The short list has been done by season instead of calendar year.