The biggest soccer ceremony, Ballon d'Or, has announced the nominees for 2022, which includes expected and unexpected players. The lists include players that are new to the soccer fields and exclude the player who has won the Ballon d’Or seven times.
The women's nominee list includes Selma Bacha (France and Lyon), Lucy Bronze (England and Barcelona), Sam Kerr (Australia and Chelsea), among others.
The men's nominee list includes Karim Benzema (France and Real Madrid), Mohamed Saleh (Egypt and Liverpool), Erling Haaland (Norway and Manchester City), and many others.
Fans of the Ballon d'Or expected to see Lionel Messi, who is originally from Argentina and now plays for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) as well. Messi made his transfer from Barcelona to PSG only recently. Following the year 2021, when he was awarded his seventh Ballon d'Or, he has not shown the same level of performance since moving to Paris Sint Germain.
The Kopa trophy nominee that people did not expect to see in the list is Pablo Martin Paez Gavira, known as Gavi and from Spain, but was nominated for Barcelona. After Ballon d’Or tweeted that he had been nominated, many people expressed how shocked they were.
@andersoonx tweeted “What did Gavi do to be in the list?”
Another tweet was from @manlikeToro which said, “He sat on the bench the whole season...that’s what he did.”
Ballon d’Or will have few changes this year compared to the previous years. Ballon d’Or will be held in the Theatre du Chatelet Paris as usual on 17, October 2022. It will be held a little earlier due to the World Cup, which will be held in Qatar on 20, November.
Alexia Putellas of Barcelona was the woman that won in 2021. She is once again on the list of nominees for the award in 2022, which she holds as much of a chance of winning as any
of the nominees.
Another women player that has been performing very well this year and throughout her soccer career is Sam Kerr. She has scored two goals for Chelsea to win the title. Kerr is on 2023 FIFA game cover as the first woman.
The English professional football manager Emma Hayes acknowledged Sam Ker by tweeting, “No one had a more iconic 21/22 season than Sam Kerr. 4 golden moments left the football world awe. #Samkerforballondor.”
The Ballon d'Or will include 30 male nominations and 20 female nominees, which brings up the question of whether or not women are still not equally accepted in sports.
Edited by Lindsey Neri
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