Highlights

  • Among the other big names to miss the cut is Messi's PSG teammate, Neymar Jr
  • Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Erling Haaland and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo were all included

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For the first time in 17 years, Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi did not feature on the 30-man Ballon d'Or nominees list.

Seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi edged out Poland Robert Lewandoski for the prestigious award last year but was not nominated this time around after an underwhelming season at Paris Saint-Germain.

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Among the other big names to miss the cut is Messi's PSG teammate, Neymar Jr.

Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Erling Haaland and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo were all included, as were Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

The Ballon d’Or is an annual award given by the French news magazine France Football. The award is given to the best player in the world in both men’s and women’s football.

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