Why Lionel Messi was snubbed from the Ballon d’Or nominees list

Ballon d’Or organizers have explained why Lionel Messi missed out on a nomination for the award for the first time since 2005.

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All 30 nominees for the men’s Ballon d’Or were named on Friday, with the seven-time winner snubbed from the shortlist for the first time in 17 years.

Seemingly in an attempt at transparency for those confused by Messi’s absence from the nominees list, Soccer France held a recent Q&A in which they were asked to explain the Argentine was overlooked.

“Inevitably, Lionel Messi, with his 15 consecutive appearances since 2006, his seven Ballon d’Or victories, his status as defending champion, weighs very heavily in the final choice”, indicated the organizers, according to 90 minutes.

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“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 longer over a calendar year, which does not allow to integrate the Copa America of July 11, 2021.

“And then, we must admit that his first season in Paris was very disappointing both in terms of visual impression and statistics.”

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