Lionel Messi, a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, was not invited by France Football magazine, the event’s organizers, to the 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony held in Paris.
When Karim Benzema was named the best player in 2022 at the ceremony on Monday, October 17, 2022, Messi, who had won the title in 2021, was not present.
The Paris and German striker was not invited, according to Sky Sports, since the event’s planners chose to adhere to their guidelines.
According to the sources, Messi was requested but was not invited since he did not reach the organization’s shortlist of the 30 top players.
After having a difficult first season at Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi paid the price by being excluded from the 30 best players shortlist for the first time since 2006.
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid took home the night’s top medal, while Gavi of Barcelona received the Kopa award for best young player, Robert Lewandowski of Barcelona won the Gerd Muller award for best striker, and Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid took home the Yashin trophy for best goalkeeper (best goalkeeper).
After Benzema, Sadio Mane of Bayern and Senegal emerged in second place in the best player poll, with Kevin DeBruyne of Man City and Belgium coming in third.