Ballon d’Or organizers explain Messi’s omission from the shortlist for 2022

France Football has given its reasons for not including defending champion Lionel Messi on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, which was revealed on Friday.

Messi and team-mate Neymar were the big names that easily edged Argentina out of the 30-man shortlist and were the main talking points of the event.

Messi scored just 11 goals in an unimpressive debut campaign in Paris, his worst return since last missing out on the Ballon d’Or shortlist in 2005.

Many fans were curious about Messi’s disappearance and France Football, which has organized the award since 1956, was keen to clarify the decision via a Q&A on L’Equipe’s website. Journalist Emmanuel Bujan of the magazine was responsible for answering the questions.

“Inevitably, Lionel Messi, playing 15 times in a row since 2006, his seven Ballon d’Or victories, his title-holder status, carries a lot of weight when it comes to the final selection,” Bojan said of the seven times. When I asked, I explained. The talk of the winner

‘The Argentine was part of the talks to integrate the 30, but the new criteria for the Ballon d’Or were unfavorable to him: the disappearance of the criteria for a player’s entire career, and the new term, which is a football season. is based on and none. longer than one calendar year, making it impossible to integrate the Copa America on July 11, 2021.

‘And then, it must be admitted that his first season in Paris was very disappointing both in terms of visual impression and statistics.’

But not everyone welcomed Ronaldo’s inclusion. ‘The statistics say the opposite,’ Bojan said when researching the decision.

‘Ronaldo became the top scorer in national football this season [117 goals]. He was decisive in the Champions League group stage with four off-the-cuff goals that gave Man Utd seven points.

He has 18 Premier League goals, including two hat-tricks. In total, 32 goals in 49 matches are not as many as his best season but enough to be among the 30 best players in the world.’

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