How many Ballons d’Or has Lionel Messi?
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Lionel Messi has not been nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or, with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema lifting the trophy ahead of his peers.
It was the first time since 2005 that the Argentine icon did not make the shortlist. However, that hasn’t changed the fact that Messi still has the most Ballon d’Or wins in history with seven to his name.
Messi first won the award four times in a row from 2009 to 2012. Since then, he has won the gold trophy three times – in 2015, 2019 and 2021. The Argentine’s seven wins came during his stay in Barcelona before he left them. in the summer of 2021.
The PSG striker has also finished second in the standings five times in his career. After finishing third in the 2007 table, Messi never finished outside the top two until the 2022 awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the Argentine’s closest competitor with five to his name. The Manchester United striker finished 20th in this year‘s rankings. Considering how Ronaldo’s season has gone so far, he’s unlikely to lift the award next year.
The Portuguese has scored two goals and provided one assist in 12 games across all competitions. He only started twice in the Premier League under Erik ten Hag.
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, is on a roll for his second season in France. He has scored eight times and provided as many assists in 13 games in all competitions under the management of Christophe Galtier.
Organizers explain why they snubbed Lionel Messi for 2022 Ballon d’Or nomination
France Football deputy editor Emmanuel Bojan has explained the reason for Lionel Messi’s rejection of the 2022 Ballon d’Or.
He recently said (h/t Eurosport):
“The Argentinian was part of the discussions to integrate the 30th, but the new criteria for the Ballon d’Or were unfavorable to him: disappearance of the criterion of a player’s entire career, and new periodicity, modeled on a football season and not more over a calendar year, which does not allow to integrate the Copa America of July 11, 2021.
Messi, 35, has confirmed that the FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be his final World Cup appearance in an Argentina shirt. If the striker leads his country to the third world title in its history, he will be a strong candidate to win his eighth Ballon d’Or next year.