Lionel Messi misses cut for Ballon d'Or list of nominees


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PARIS — Seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was omitted from the 30-man list of nominees for the prestigious award. It's the first time since 2005 that the Argentina great didn't make the short list. Messi edged out Poland striker Robert Lewandowski for the Ballon d'Or last year but wasn't nominated this time after an underwhelming first season at Paris Saint-Germain. The 35-year-old forward also won the prize in 2019 — it was not held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Neymar also missed the cut this time. Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema, Erling Haaland and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo were all included, as were Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

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