Ballon d’Or: Karim Benzema and Alexia Putellas among the favorites but Lionel Messi not among the nominees

The full list of Ballon d’Or nominees has been released, ahead of the winner’s announcement on October 17.

Considered the most prestigious individual award in the game, it is awarded earlier than usual this year due to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is the favorite for the men’s award, following his heroics en route to winning La Liga and the Champions League last season, while for the women it’s Spanish and Barcelona schemer Alexia Putellas who is favorite – although she missed Euro 2022 after injuring her ACL, which could leave it open to others.

They may include victorious England stars Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze.

Alongside Benzema, Mohamed Salah, Thibaut Courtois and Son Heung-min have all been nominated.

However, there was a clash with no nominations for Lionel Messi, while his PSG team-mate Neymar was also omitted from the 30-man shortlist.

For the Youth Kopa Trophy, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka is the only Premier League-based player nominated.

2022 Men’s Ballon d’Or nominees

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)

Rafael Leao (AC Milan, Portugal)

Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig, France)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern, Germany)

Trent Alexandre-Arnold (Liverpool, England)

Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid, Brazil)

Bernardo Silva (Man City, Portugal)

Luis Diaz (Liverpool, Colombia)

Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona, ​​Poland)

Riyad Mahrez (Man City, Algeria)

Casemiro (Real Madrid, Brazil)

Son Heung-min (Spurs, South Korea)

Fabinho (Liverpool, Brazil)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)

Mike Maignan (Milan, France)

Harry Kane (Spurs, England)

Darwin Nunez (Liverpool, Uruguay)

Phil Foden (Man City, England)

Sadio Mané (Bayern, Senegal)

Sebastien Haller (Dortmund, Ivory Coast)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)

Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid, Germany)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United, Portugal)

Kevin de Bruyne (Man City, Belgium)

Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus, Serbia)

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands)

Joao Cancelo (Man City, Portugal)

Kylian Mbappé (PSG, France)

Erling Haaland (Man City, Norway)

2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or nominees

Selma Bacha (Lyon, France)

Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona, ​​Sweden)

Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal, Netherlands)

Lucy Bronze (Barcelona, ​​England)

Sam Kerr (Chelsea, Australia)

Christiane Endler (Lyon, Chile)

Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg, Germany)

Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

Catarina Macario (Lyon, USA)

Alexia Putellas (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg, Germany)

Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

Wendie Renard (Lyon, France)

Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave, USA)

Beth Mead (Arsenal, England)

Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona, ​​Nigeria)

Marie Antoinette Katoto (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

Millie Bright (Chelsea, England)

Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit, USA)

Ada Hegerberg (Lyon, Norway)

Nominees for the Kopa Trophy

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

Jude Bellingham (Dortmund)

Karim Adeyemi (Dortmund)

Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)

Gavi (Barcelona)

Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern Munich)

Nuno Mendes (PSG)

Jamal Musaila (Bayern Munich)

Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)

Florian Wirtz (Bayern Leverkusen)

Nominated for the Yacine Trophy

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan/Paris Saint-Germain and Italy)

Ederson (Man City and Brazil)

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City and Denmark)

Edouard Mendy (Chelsea and Senegal)

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid and Belgium)

Keylor Navas (PSG and Costa Rica)

Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa and Argentina)

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)

Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid and Slovenia)

Samir Handanovic (Inter and Slovenia)

Ballon d’Or: Karim Benzema and Alexia Putellas among the favorites but Lionel Messi not among the nominees

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