Football news: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has not made it to the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, for the first time since 2005.
France Football announced their 30-man shortlist for the coveted award on Friday, and Messi did not make the cut.
After spending the entirety of his career at Barcelona, Messi left the Catalan outfit last summer after his contract expired.
Messi joined PSG on a free transfer, and the 35-year-old had a somewhat mixed season in the French capital.
Football news: Messi does not make Ballon d’Or shortlist
Messi did score a respectable 11 goals and provide 15 assists from 35 appearances for PSG in his first season. But he did not live up to the expectations and standards he had set for himself over the years.
That has seen him left off the Ballon d’Or shortlist, alongside PSG teammate Neymar Jr, who also does not feature in the list. Only one PSG player has made it to the shortlist, and that’s Kylian Mbappe.
The Frenchman enjoyed an impressive campaign at PSG last season, scoring 39 goals and bagging 26 assists from 46 appearances for the French side
Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or seven times
Messi holds the record for most Ballon d’Or wins, having been the recipient of the individual award seven times.
Messi is the current holder of the award, having won it in 2021 with 613 points. He saw off tight competition from Robert Lewandowski, who finished second with 580 points. Jorginho finished third with 460 points.
The Argentine has also won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019. He also finished second in the years 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo sits second in the list of most Ballon d’Or wins, having won the award five times. The Portuguese superstar does feature in the shortlist but is not expected to win the award.
How has Messi started the new season?
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has started the season in style. He scored the opener in PSG’s 4-0 win over Nantes in the Trophée des Champions final. He also bagged a brace as PSG defeated Clermont Foot 5-0 in their Ligue 1 22/23 season opener.