Including an Arab star.. 5 players are closer to winning the Ballon d’Or than Messi and Ronaldo in 2022
Messi and Ronaldo dominated the Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world since 2008 until now, but the two are in the final stage of their careers, which opens the door to the emergence of new stars crowned with the grand prize.
Messi, 34, won the seventh Ballon d’Or, a record, last Monday evening, having previously won it in the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019, becoming the undisputed master of the award with Ronaldo (36 years), who won the Ballon d’Or 5 times in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Croatian star Luka Modric surprised the world by winning the Ballon d’Or in 2018, and deprived Polish star Robert Lewandowski of it in 2020 due to the cancellation of the award he deserved unchallenged, as was the case this year, according to many opinions.
The Mirror newspaper reported:MirrorThe British, 5 players, said that one of them will surpass Messi and Ronaldo and win the Ballon d’Or next year 2022, and this may be the beginning of an era after the Argentine and Portuguese legends.
The Bayern Munich striker was expected to win the 2020 Ballon d’Or before it was canceled due to the Corona virus pandemic, before he was once again the favorite to win it this year.
And although he is 33 years old, he shows no sign of slowing down, having scored 25 goals in just 20 appearances this season.
And if Lewandowski can repeat his scoring record next year, win more titles with Bayern Munich and even help Poland qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, he may finally be crowned with the award that wronged him twice.
The French star has been one of the best midfielders in the world for a while now and ranked fifth in the Golden Ball rankings this year, after he contributed to his Chelsea team winning the Champions League and European Super Cup this year.
Another player who struggled with the Ballon d’Or this year is Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, after he put in another year of impressive performances and record-breaking goals in 2021.
And this season alone, in his fifth career at Anfield, he appears to be playing his best ever, and it’s hard to say that there is a player who is fitter and more skilled than him in the world now, with 17 goals in 18 games including so many impressive goals in all competitions this season. Until now.
And if Salah tops the list of top scorers in the English Premier League and wins another title with Liverpool, in addition to enjoying the African Nations Cup with Egypt next month and reaching the World Cup in Qatar, it will be very difficult to exclude him from competing strongly for the Golden Ball.
Mbappe has been the most promising youngster in world football over the past few years and was chosen to succeed Messi and Ronaldo as the best player in the world at just 22 years old, having already dominated French football with Paris Saint-Germain and also won the 2018 World Cup and the 2021 Nations League with France.
But now Mbappe needs to go further and win more. With Neymar and Messi in the same team at Paris Saint-Germain, it will be difficult for him to highlight everything, but the rumors of a move to Real Madrid will not disappear, and in the event of such a move, Mbappe can prepare himself to become the next Golden Ball winner.
Just like Mbappe, 20-year-old Haaland is set to become one of the best players of this generation, and the duo have been hailed as the next Messi and Ronaldo of the modern era. Since his move to Dortmund in the January 2020 transfer window, Haaland has broken goalscoring records, scoring 71 goals in 70 appearances for his team.