Ballon d’Or 2022 – The list of nominees LIVE: The outsider Mané, the double for Maignan

8:15 p.m .: Five nominated for the men’s Ballon d’Or

  • Mike Maignan (France / AC Milan)
  • Harry Kane (England/Tottenham)
  • Darwin Nunez (Uruguay / Benfica then Liverpool)
  • Phil Foden (England/Manchester City)
  • Sadio Mané (Senegal / Liverpool then Bayern Munich)

Like Thibaut Courtois, Mike Maignan has the honor of being among the nominees for both the Yachine trophy and the Ballon d’Or. And it is totally deserved for the French goalkeeper of AC Milan. We also find in this group Sadio Mané, who will aim for a good place in the final standings after leading Senegal to their first African championship title and signing a good season at Liverpool before his transfer to Bayern. Phil Foden, totally unavoidable at City, Harry Kane, who has come out of the trough since Antonio Conte’s arrival at Tottenham, and Darwin Nuñez, who shone at Benfica before his resounding transfer to Liverpool this summer, are also present.

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Sadio Mane

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8:05 p.m .: Five nominated for the men’s Ballon d’Or

  • Riyad Mahrez (Algeria / Manchester City)
  • Casemiro (Brazil / Real Madrid)
  • Heung-min Son (South Korea / Tottenham)
  • Fabinho (Brazil / Liverpool)
  • Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid)

The name of Karim Benzema obviously stands out in this group. European and Spanish champion, top scorer in La Liga and the Champions League, brilliant in the game and charismatic leader of Real Madrid, the Frenchman is the big favorite to lift the trophy on October 17. His teammate Casemiro, essential in the Madrid midfield, is also on the list of nominees, as is Fabinho, no less valuable in the middle of Liverpool. Heung-min Son, author of a flamboyant season at Tottenham, and Riyad Mahrez, still as decisive with Manchester City, complete this group.

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7:55 p.m .: Five nominated for the men’s Ballon d’Or

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (England / Liverpool)
  • Vinicius Jr. (Brazil / Real Madrid)
  • Bernardo Silva (Portugal / Manchester City)
  • Luis Diaz (Colombia / FC Porto then Liverpool)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland / Bayern Munich then FC Barcelona)

A real headliner in this group with Robert Lewandowski, the man who found the net 50 times in all competitions with Bayern Munich last season before his transfer to Barça this summer. Vincius Jr. is also present after taking on a new dimension with Real Madrid. A name that we did not necessarily expect is that of Luis Diaz, even if the Colombian has made a thunderous debut at Liverpool since last winter. The presence of Bernardo Silva and Trent Alexander-Arnold, sure values ​​​​of the Premier League and the Champions League with City and Liverpool, were more expected.

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7:45 p.m .: Five nominated for the men’s Ballon d’Or

  • Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Real Madrid)
  • Rafael Leao (Portugal / AC Milan)
  • Joshua Kimmich (Germany / Bayern Munich)
  • Christopher Nkunku (France / RB Leipzig)
  • Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool)

We start the list of nominees for the men’s Ballon d’Or with a first group of five. We find there Thibaut Courtois, already in the running for the Yachine trophy, but also the Frenchman Christopher Nkunku, crowned best player in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig and on the rise with the Blues of Didier Deschamps. Rafael Leão, brilliant in the quest for the title of Italian champion with AC Milan, as well as Joshua Kimmich, essential link of Germany and Bayern are also present. Just like Mohamed Salah, who will certainly be ranked well after another breathtaking season at Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) during the Champions League final, Saturday May 28, 2022.

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7:15 p.m .: Five nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or

  • Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria / FC Barcelona)
  • Marie Antoinette Katoto (France / PSG)
  • Millie Bright (England/Chelsea)
  • Trinity Rodman (USA / Washington)
  • Ada Hegerberg (Norway / Lyon)

We are done with the list of contenders for the Women’s Ballon d’Or with the last five named, including the striker of the Blues and PSG, Marie-Antoinette Katoto. Unfortunately, she saw her Euro stop prematurely due to an injury. OL’s Norwegian star, Ada Hgerberg, is also in this group, as are Millie Bright, European champion with England, Asisat Oshoala, the Nigerian striker of Barça, and the young American prodigy Trinity Rodman.

Marie Antoinette Katoto / PSG – Lyon (2022)

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7:12 p.m .: Five nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or

  • Alexandra Popp (Germany / Wolfsburg)
  • Aitana Bonmatí (Spain / FC Barcelona)
  • Wendie Renard (France / Lyon)
  • Alex Morgan (USA / San Diego)
  • Beth Mead (England/Arsenal)

Maybe the group of the future winner. The English Beth Mead is in any case one of the great favorites. The Arsenal striker, co-top scorer and best player in the Euro, clearly has big arguments to make. The other top scorer of the Euro, the German Alexandra Popp, is also present, as is the Lyonnaise Wendie Renard, essential in the victory of OL in the Champions League. Spanish rising star Aitana Bonmati and American legend Alex Morgan complete this quintet.

Beth Mead

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6:58 p.m .: Five nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or

  • Christiane Endler (Chile / Lyon)
  • Lena Oberdorf (Germany / Wolfsburg)
  • Kadidiatou Diani (France / PSG)
  • Catarina Macario (Brazil / Lyon)
  • Alexia Putellas (Spain / FC Barcelona)

A second group of five nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or, including the trophy holder, Alexia Putellas. The Spaniard, a Champions League finalist, was very unhappy this summer with a serious knee injury just before the Euros which left her out of action for almost a year. There are also two Lyonnaise European champions, Christiane Endler and Catarina Macario, the Parisian Kadidiatou Diani and finally the German Lena Oberdorf, finalist at the Euro with her selection.

Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona), winner of the 2021 Women’s Golden Ball

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6:54 p.m .: Five nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or

  • Selma Bacha (France / Lyon)
  • Fridolina Rolfö (Sweden / FC Barcelona)
  • Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal)
  • Lucy Bronze (England / Manchester City then FC Barcelona)
  • Sam Kerr (Australia/Chelsea)

Here are the first five nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or, including Frenchwoman Selma Bacha, the rising star of Olympique Lyonnais and the France team. We also find the Dutch Vivianne Miedema and the Australian Sam Kerr, two reference attackers of the English championship at Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as the Swedish Fridolina Rolfö, finalist of the Champions League with Barça and semi-finalist of the Euro . And especially the former Lyonnaise Lucy Bronze, one of the contenders for the trophy after being crowned European champion with England, and recently moved from Manchester City to FC Barcelona.

Selma Bacha – France – Euro 2022

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6:45 p.m.: the 10 nominated for the Yachine trophy

  • Alisson (Brazil / Liverpool)
  • Yassine Bounou (Morocco / Sevilla FC)
  • Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Real Madrid)
  • Ederson (Brazil / Manchester City)
  • Hugo Lloris (France / Tottenham)
  • Mike Maignan (France / AC Milan)
  • Edouard Mendy (Senegal / Chelsea)
  • Manuel Neuer (Germany / Bayern Munich)
  • Jan Oblak (Slovenia / Atlético de Madrid)
  • Kevin Trapp (Germany / Eintracht Frankfurt)

For the trophy of the best goalkeeper of the season, there is the presence of two Frenchmen. Hugo Lloris, the porter of the Blues and Tottenham, and Mike Maignan, now installed in the France team and author of a brilliant first season with AC Milan. Holder of the trophy, the Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma is however absent after a first year at PSG marked by his misadventures against Real Madrid in the Champions League. It is precisely the doorman of the Spanish club, Thibaut Courtois, who appears to be the great favorite after a remarkable season punctuated by a man of the match title in the Champions League final.

Thibaut Courtois

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6:35 p.m.: The 10 nominated for the Kopa trophy

  • Karim Adeyemi (Germany / RB Salzburg then Borussia Dortmund)
  • Jude Bellingham (England / Borussia Dortmund)
  • Eduardo Camavinga (France / Real Madrid)
  • Gavi (Spain / FC Barcelona)
  • Ryan Gravenberch (Netherlands / Ajax Amsterdam then Bayern Munich)
  • Josko Gvardiol (Croatia / RB Leipzig)
  • Nuno Mendes (Portugal / PSG)
  • Jamal Musiala (Germany / Bayern Munich)
  • Buyako Saka (England / Arsenal)
  • Florian Wirtz (Germany / Bayer Leverkusen)

For the trophy which rewards the best player under 21 of the season, we find in particular the Frenchman Eduardo Camavinga, European champion with Real Madrid. If he was not a holder of the formation of Carlo Ancelotti, the former Rennais brought a lot of impact coming off the bench. Also note the presence of Nuno Mendes, the Portuguese side author of a great first season with PSG. It’s not that easy to clear a favourite. But the Spaniard Gavi, who moved to Barça as a selection, may have a small head start to succeed Pedri, his teammate and compatriot.

Gavi (Barça) in the jersey of Spain

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6:30 p.m.: The list of ten nominated for the Kopa trophy will inaugurate this evening. This will be followed by that of the 10 nominated for the Yachine trophy, that of the 20 nominated for the women’s Ballon d’Or, and finally the announcement of the 30 nominated for the men’s Ballon d’Or.

It’s time for the first big highlight in the race for the 2022 Ballon d’Or. The list of 30 nominated for the supreme individual award will be announced from 6:30 p.m., as will that of the Kopa Trophy, the Yachine Trophy and the Women’s Golden Ball. As every year, the issue will concern in particular those absent from this list. The big question is whether Leo Messi, holder of the trophy, will be present after having had a difficult first season at Paris Saint-Germain. A question that also applies to his Brazilian teammate Neymar.
The other issue concerns the possibility of seeing names appear that we did not necessarily expect in the list. Unexpected competitors for the quest for a reward that seems promised to Karim Benzema. The French striker is coming off a dazzling season with Real Madrid. Spanish and European champion, top scorer in the Champions League and La Liga, he is the big favorite to obtain the Ballon d’Or 2022, which will be awarded on October 17.

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