Ballon d'Or shortlist: Lionel Messi misses out but Cristiano Ronaldo included

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Ballon d'Or shortlist: Lionel Messi misses out but Cristiono Ronaldo included - AFP
Ballon d'Or shortlist: Lionel Messi misses out but Cristiono Ronaldo included - AFP

European Championship winners Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead and Millie Bright are among the nominees for the Ballon d'Or Feminin.

Mead was the top scorer and named player of the tournament as England triumphed on home soil last month.

Chelsea's Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal also make the shortlist, along with Barcelona star Alexia Putellas, while the headline from the men's nominations was the absence of seven-time winner Lionel Messi.

Messi won the prize in 2021 and 2019 - it was not held in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic - but, following his move to Paris St Germain, the Argentinian has been omitted.

Messi's long-time rival for the Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo, is included while English trio Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Foden and Harry Kane also make the 30-strong line-up.

Foden is one of six Manchester City players on the list including new signing Erling Haaland while Liverpool quintet Mohamed Salah, Luiz Diaz, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Darwin Nunez - as well as the recently departed Sadio Mane - are also included.

Son Heung-min joins his strike partner Harry Kane, while the favourite to win for the first time is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

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