Lionel Messi has recently lifted his seventh Ballon d’Or award and no one is unaware of it. Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho even earned their respective places on the podium. Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bryune and Gianluigi Donnarumma had their names in the remaining top 10.
Certainly, there are other names too who impressed the audience with their spectacular performances. Here’s the name of those five who were outstanding but couldn’t make it to the final list.
Five Brilliant Names who Couldn’t Make it to the Ballon d’Or Nomination
CM: Mason Mount – The star midfield finished 19th in the Ballon d’Or ranking. In 2021, his best moment was setting up the winning goal for his team Kai Havertz. Then, he became the first English player with an assist in the Champions League after Wes Brown in 2008.
CM: Bruno Fernandez – One of the most significant names to help Manchester United complete second in the Premier League and be in the Europa League final is Bruno Fernandez. The Portuguese star even developed a total of 127 chances in a top-five league and UEFA competitions in 2021, with no other player to better it.
LWB: Joao Cancelo –
The Ballon d’Or voting was closed before Cancelo registered his assists against Everton in November. In case it was, he might have had it!
ST: Erling Haaland
The Borussia Dortmund striker had an amazing 2021. He scored 38 goals in his 38 club appearances this year!
ST: Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku’s goals ended Inter Milan’s chances for their maiden Serie A title in 11 years and made sure Chelsea pay him 97.5 million Euros for his amazing services this summer. The Belgium star also scored four goals in five games in the Euro 2020, this making a place ahead of Rona.