Confusion has risen in the football world, after the Ballon d’Or nominations are revealed, but why?
Following an extremely successful summer of football for the Women’s game, competition to be a nomination for the 2022 Ballon d’Or became nearly impossible to decide, with many voicing concerns that key players in the game are missing from the list.
Although this award was created in 1956 to honour the best footballer, initially in Europe but later the whole world, the female equivalent wasn’t introduced until 2018- referred to as the Ballon d’Or Feminin- with Ada Hegerberg becoming the first deserving winner.
Vivianne Miedema, Sam Kerr, Beth Mead and Millie Bright are amongst the WSL nominees, who’s incredible efforts have been rewarded.
Previous winners Ada Hegerberg (2018) and Alexia Putellas (2021) are in with another chance of getting their hands on this prestigious award, with prior runners-up Pernille Harder (2018), Lucy Bronze (2019) and Sam Kerr (2021) hoping this is their year!
Despite this recognition of Bronze’s brilliance, both at Manchester City and a vital player in the Euro winning Lioness squad, she is one of the first to acknowledge that Keira Walsh is missing from the list, England and Man City teammate.
Instagram post of Bronze’s opinion:
Walsh isn’t the only one to have missed out on a well deserved spot.
England Skipper, Leah Williamson, has shown an immense abundance of skill, leadership and compassion both on and off the pitch, with her face being a well recognised feature on billboards throughout the tournament. Not only should her national career have secured her a nomination, but also her consistent positioning in the defensive line over the past few seasons for Arsenal.
Caroline Graham Hansen, Norway and Barcelona midfielder, is another frequently mentioned name within the outrage of nominations. Her national stats appear impressive, with 11 goals and 7 assists in just 9 matches, which would make her a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or.
All the nominations are thoroughly deserved, but what additions would you make to the list?