Why is Messi excluded from the list of candidates for the Ballon d’Or?

Paris: the Argentine champion Lionel Messi, French player of Paris Saint-Germain, first of his kind, was absent from the list of 30 candidates for the 2022 Ballon d’Or in 16, while Real Madrid’s Spanish striker Karim Benzema is the most important candidate for the award. Messi, who won the award last year, has been a constant presence on the nominee list since 2006, where he has consistently been in the top three since 2007, with the exception of 2018. The former Barcelona star won the award seven times, a record ahead of his most important historical rival, Cristiano Ronaldo (5) who was named despite the disappointment of last season after his return to his old new team, Manchester United, in England, where he was unable to book a seat in Champions League. Messi, 35, is absent from the list of candidates for the 2022 award, having had an abnormal season with the club Parisian, to which he moved last year from club Catalan, winning the Scudetto. The change in the name selection system in the award also contributed to the exclusion of the Argentine flea, as the award no longer recognized the best player during the calendar year. Instead, he relied on the statistics of the season through the “individual performance” and the “critical and impressive personality” of the candidates, according to the criteria. Since his departure from club Catalan in the summer of 2021, Messi was not in able to make his mark as one of the best players in history, with the club Parisian in constant search of the title of the continental mother competition, where he was eliminated from the final price of Real Madrid on the via of the title. (AFP)