The reason why Cristiano Ronaldo finished 20th on 2022 Ballon d’Or list despite receiving no votes

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No member of the Ballon d’Or jury voted for Cristiano Ronaldo. How then can a Manchester United striker rank 20 out of 30 players? Let’s find out!

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In the 2022 Golden Ball Version, Cristiano Ronaldo He finished 20th, tied for his worst position in the competition. The veteran striker zero votes, but still ahead of players like Harry Kane (21), Bernardo Silva (22), and Joshua Kimmish (25). Thus, he reached his lowest position since 2005 when he tied with Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher in 20th place.

In his return season with Manchester UnitedThe five-time award winner scored 24 goals in all competitions but could not lead the club to win any titles. And so the Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League with the fewest points ever, with CR7 and the rest of the squad coming under intense scrutiny at various stages.

Although he scored his 700th career goal for Everton, the 37-year-old has struggled to let go this season, scoring just two goals in all competitions. To make matters worse, it was Punished by Director Eric Ten Hag After refusing to come on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday, he missed Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Why Cristiano Ronaldo finished 20th in the 2022 Ballon d’Or rankings without votes

The Ballon d’Or jury Cristiano Ronaldo did not award any points. However, surprisingly, the Portugal captain was only ranked 20th out of 30 players.

France Football An extensive breakdown of voting procedures was announced, which supports this theory. Recently, it turned out that the only reason he was given this position was because previous nominations.

The 37-year-old did not receive any votes from the expert panel, making him one of 11 players to do so. Among the other notable players who didn’t get any votes Harry KingTrent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Joshua Kimmich, Mike Minyan, Christopher Nkunku, Darwin Nunezand Antonio Rudiger.

For Ronaldo, who last won a race Ballon d’Or 2017Finishing that position in the race for the most prestigious individual award in football isn’t a great look. After placing sixth the previous year, this nomination keeps him in the nomination for the award despite the fact that his rival Lionel Messi It is not even included in the last three.

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