Seven League players nominated for Ballon d’Or without Messi

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The absence of the Argentine striker is the big surprise in the list of candidates for a prize for Benzema

Despite the fact that the economic difficulties of the Spanish clubs, in contrast to the financial strength of the Premier League, have kept the League in check, the Spanish championship remains healthy, according to the Ballon d’Or nominations it delivers on 17 October the magazine ‘France Football’. Seven of the 30 candidates this Friday revealed militants in teams contesting the tournament that began with the Osasuna-Seville dispute. Courtois, Vinicius, Lewandowski, Casemiro, Modric and Rüdiger join the big favourite, Benzema, in a list in which the main news is the absence of Messi. For the first time since 2006, the Rosario forward, the absolute ruler of the trophy with seven conquests, the last one last year, was excluded from the squad.

Real Madrid’s conquest of the Champions League is palpable with the presence of six footballers among the thirty finalists for the most coveted individual recognition in the football firmament. Barca, on the other hand, has only the trick of Lewandowski, Barca’s new flagship, whose 50 goals he scored at Bayern last season, have placed him again as a candidate for the seventh time in his career.

In addition to Messi’s, the absence of Neymar is particularly notable, also suffering from PSG’s debacle in the last edition of the Champions League and the dominance of the Premier League, where fifteen of the thirty nominees for the Golden Ball are. out and then some, the case of Sadio Mané, who, despite having recently left the English Championship, is a finalist for the merits made in football in the islands.

Two Spaniards will compete this year for the Ballon d’Or for women. Alexia Putellas, last year’s winner of the trophy and currently undergoing a long recovery process after a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on the eve of the European Championship played last July, will have time among her rivals to reconfirm the award to his team-mate at Barça Aitana Bonmatí, who has just completed an amazing season in which she was fundamental to both her team and the Spanish team. But both will have high competition, as among the rest of the nominees there will be figures of the caliber of Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, France’s Wendie Renard or the European champions with England Beth Mead, Millie Bright and Lucy Bronze. The latter, together with Putellas, Bonmatí, the Swedish Fridolina Rolfö and the Nigerian Asisat Oshoala, completes the list of candidates that Barça has.

Spanish football is also beautifully represented among the candidates for the other prizes awarded by the magazine ‘France Football’. Gavi and Camavinga are among the main favorites to win the Kopa Trophy, which recognizes the best footballer under 21. The Sevillian midfielder for Barça and the French midfielder for Real Madrid will have among their big opponents Englishman Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Dutchman Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern Munich), as well as Germans Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Florian Wirtz. (Bayer Leverkusen) and Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich).

As for the Yashin Trophy, the favoritism corresponds to the Belgian Thibaut Courtois, League and European champion at Real Madrid, who, together with two other goalkeepers who excel in the Spanish championship, belongs to the ten finalists: the Slovenian Jan Oblak (Atlético) and the Moroccan Yassine Bono (Seville). Notable is the absence of the last winner, Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma, penalized by PSG’s Champions League debacle and competition from Keylor Navas, which prevented him from establishing himself in the goal of the Paris team last season.

Source: La Verdad

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