Reigning Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has sensationally missed out on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s award following his disappointing debut campaign with PSG..
Longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo made the cut but team-mate Neymar did not as France Football’s ceremony on Friday provided a some big shocks.
Clear favourite Karim Benzema unsurprisingly made the list, along with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Sadio Mane and Kylian Mbappe.
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
Rafael Leao (AC Milan)
Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Vinicius Jnr (Real Madrid)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Luis Diaz (Liverpool)
Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus)
Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Casemiro (Real Madrid)
Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich)
Sebastian Haller (Borussia Dortmund)
Messi has not been left off of a Ballon d’Or shortlist since 2005, having won the award seven times during that span.
The seventh came last year, Messi rewarded for a fine final season with Barcelona.
However, things have not quite gone to plan since his shocking departure from the Nou Camp, the Argentine managing just six league goals in his first year in France.
Elsewhere, English trio Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Foden and Harry Kane were among the 30-strong line-up.
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