Soon, two of the game’s best players will lift one of the sport’s most coveted trophies: the Ballon d’Or.
The Ballon d’Or, presented by France Football, honors the players who had the most successful season prior to the start of the new calendar year.
Lionel Messi won the award in 2019 and 2021 (2020 was canceled due to COVID-19), but he did not make the 30-man roster this year.
Here are the 30 men and 20 women nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2022:
Who are the Ballon d’Or nominees for 2022?
Without Messi and other big names like Neymar Jr., here are the 30 men who have a chance to win the award:
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne
Paris Saint-Kylian Germain’s Mbappé
Manchester City’s Erling Haaland (played with Borussia Dortmund last season)
FC Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski (played with Bayern Munich last season)
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah
Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mané (played for Liverpool last season)
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk
Real Madrid’s Luka Modri
Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois
Real Madrid’s Casemiro
Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold
Manchester City’s Joo Cancelo
Manchester City’s Phil Foden
Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez
Real Madrid’s Antonio Rüdiger (played for Chelsea last season)
Liverpool’s Luis Daz
AC Milan’s Mike Maignan
Borussia Dortmund’s Sébastien Haller (played for AFC Ajax last season)
AC Milan’s Rafael Leo
Darwin Nez of Liverpool (played for S.L. Benfica last season)
RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva
Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min
Juventus’ Duan Vlahovi
Who are the Ballon d’Or Féminin nominees for 2022?
Alexia Putellas of FC Barcelona won the third-ever Ballon d’Or Féminin award last year, and she’s on this year’s 20-woman shortlist. Ada Hegerberg, the first Féminin award winner in 2018, was also included. Here is the complete list:
FC Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas
Lyon, Ada Hegerberg
Lyon, Selma Bacha
Arsenal’s Beth Mead
San Diego Wave’s Alex Morgan (was a member of the Orlando Pride last season)
VfL Wolfsburg’s Lena Oberdorf
VfL Wolfsburg’s Alexandra Popp
FC Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala
Lyon’s Wendie Renard
Washington Spirit’s Trinity Rodman
FC Barcelona’s Lucy Bronze (played for Manchester City last season)
Chelsea, Millie Bright
FC Barcelona’s Aitana Bonmat
Paris Saint-Kadidiatou Germain’s Diani
FC Barcelona’s Fridolina Rolfö
Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema
Chelsea, Sam Kerr
Lyon, Catarina Macario
Lyon’s Christiane Endler
Paris Saint-Marie-Antoinette Germain’s Katoto
Who has received the most Ballon d’Ors?
Messi leads the way with seven victories. Ronaldo has the most nominations (18) and has won the award five times.
Who has received the most Ballon d’Or Féminins?
The Féminin category debuted in 2018 and has had a new winner every year since, with the exception of 2020, when it was canceled. Previous winners are listed below:
Ada Hegerberg in 2018
Megan Rapinoe in 2019
Alexia Putellas in 2021