Lionel Messi Is Thrown Out For The First Time In The Ballon d'Or Race

 Lionel Messi

It MIGHT be bad news for PSG's Argentinian star Lionel Messi after he was absent from the list of 30 players competing for the Balon d'Or award for the first time since 2005.

Messi's closest rival, Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo, is included in the list along with Mohamed Salah, Erling Haaland and Karim Benzema.

Messi leads the way by winning the award, having won it seven times, while Ronaldo has won it five times.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The total number of players listed in the number of top 30 players competing for the Ballon d'Or award are Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Trent Alexander Arnold, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah, Luiz Diaz, Fabinho, Virgil Van Dijk , Darwin Nunez, Sadio Mane, Heung Min Son, Thibaut Coutouis, Karim Benzema, Rafael leao, Christopher Nkunku, Joshua Kimmich, Vinicius Jr, Bernardo Silva, Robert Lewandowski, Riyad Mahrez, Casemiro, Mike Maignan, Sebastien Haller, Luka Modric, Antonio Rudiger, Dusan Vlahovic, Joao Cancelo and Kylian Mbappe.

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