Ballon d’Or 2022 – Can the Paris Saint-Germain duo miss Lionel Messi and Neymar from the list of 30 nominees?

Eight months later, the media circus that accompanies the endless discussions about the Ballon d’Or is back in action. On Friday, the first list will clear the floor, pulling the rug out from under the feet of a few ambitious people whose resume is too weak or whose popularity is too little. The evidence is French, and few would dare object to the crown already hanging above Karim Benzema’s head. There is no doubting the presence of the last Champions League top scorer (15 goals), while a thick mist like the streak of siblings surrounds the presence of Lionel Messi and Neymar.

If the two Paris Saint-Germain players have regained a taste of the field since the end of the season, the top individual award crowns the “best player” of last season. Equipped with these parameters, the jury immediately found the zigzag performance of the South American stars during the last exercise. Is the mathematical criterion sufficient to assert with confidence a politician the absence of geniuses from the list?

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Honoring the record holder for the number of victories (seven), as well as a special case of Lionel Messi. First of all, let’s go back to the thread of the relationship between “Pulga” and Ballon d’Or. The story of the Argentine player with France Football’s award seal sprouted in 2006. The awkward smile and still-weak physique of the teenager just ruled out months of wanderlust and injuries, as he finished 20th in the standings for the first time. Since then, the presence of the native of Rosario on the list (even on the podium) has become systematic, almost indisputable. Until last year, when the Argentine genius departed with a seventh gold, at the end of an intense six-month campaign (January-June) of high flight.

Her status as a tenant gives her an unstoppable argument. Can we with that object? If the 35-year-old’s season does not coincide in any way with the features of the last six resounding months in Catalonia, the stats are also not infamous (34 games, 11 goals, 15 assists). Some images still tremble in mind: the ride against Manchester City, the main goal against Lens, but nothing important. In the hole, more than twenty players sprayed more European lawns. As we know, mathematical logic often stops where the Ballon d’Or voting begins, but the bounty administration has been striving to restore meager credibility for a few years, at the expense of more demanding selection criteria for voters.

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Neymar’s choice between prestige and credibility

The Brazilian is also a regular Ballon d’Or player. A unique skin artist, a masterful soloist when his body leaves him alone – which was not the case last season (only 28 club appearances) – Moggi, 30, was undoubtedly the worst season of his career during the previous fiscal year. The starting point is in Brazil, the day after his friend Messi lost in the Copa America final to Argentina, but the latter was not present during it. Unlike Ney, who glows with every touch of the ball, he is always dangerous and only Auriverde to gain meters in the opposing camp.

The Brazilian has yet to win anything with his pick, and the fate of his season (and condition) already appears to be at stake. the following ? Off the field when not holding a shaky corpse, Neymar was also noted for his questionable stance on the lawn: abusive complaints, mocking, poor choices with the ball, etc. Lots of flaws that inevitably plagued the previous Barcelona candidacy.

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The big gap with his debut is even more surprising. Eleven years ago, a spirited young man wearing the Iroquois crest forced part of Europe to wake up at night to appreciate the Brazilian fairs at the local tournament, while the rest got drunk on endless sets of new miracle arabesques. Panicked but shy and confident at the same time, Neymar Jr.’s Meteorite crashed into 10th place at the top individual awards, at just 19 years old (Puskas Award winner, by the way).

Eleven years later, Neymar has yet to leave the 30 list, with the help of the habit and marketing power of the No. 10 Parisian. If there is a presence in 2022, it will be a big problem. Neymar’s name on Friday’s roster was already in great doubt last year, and it would inflict great contempt for the Ballon d’Or’s credibility, rather than its prestige. Let’s not forget, at his best, that Neymar has quite a few enemies on the soccer planet, but that’s not the point.

Finding a Brazilian in these chosen battalions would invalidate all the arrangements made by the organization. A question will also arise at the level of finalists, because it is not inconceivable that Lionel Messi will find himself in the last top five, something that would be in vain without a name, but it is not excluded in light of recent editions. Everything is on time. Without deciding to get tough, it’s time for the Ballon d’Or to serve the sporting side in the position it is attributed to. On the contrary, 2022 could be a very oppressive booze.

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