Lionel Messi’s name is not on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or – after hearing this news, the sky fell on the head of the Argentine captain’s fans. Many expressed their anger on social media. Some have thrown the question back at France football. This time, the French magazine answered the question of Messi’s fans.
Earlier, the Ballon d’Or was awarded based on performance for the entire year i.e. from January to December. France football magazine has changed that rule. The authority will give this prestigious award based on the performance statistics of one season from now i.e. August to July.
Argentina won the Copa America title by defeating Brazil in July last year. Messi has performed amazingly throughout the tournament. But due to the new rules, he did not get a place in the list of top 30 people. This is what France football reporter Emmanuel Bouan said. Besides, Bowan also reminded of Messi’s bad time for PSG last season.
In an interview with France’s popular media L’Equipe, Boyan said, “Messi was shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or 15 times in a row since 2006. Out of these, he has won the award seven times. He has won so many titles in his career that his name supposedly comes up before the final decision is made. Messi’s name was also discussed during the preparation of this short list.
But the new rules for the Ballon d’Or did not speak for Messi. Now the whole career of a player is considered. The new rule considers a season and not a whole year. That’s why Messi won the Copa America was not considered. It must be admitted, Messi has had a very bad first season for PSG.