2023 Ballon d’Or snubs

2023 Ballon d'Or snubs

2023 Ballon d’Or finally revealed the official nominees for the 2023 Ballon d’Or awards, with Messi and Haaland topping the list. However, despite the big names in the list of nominees, there are also names that have been snubbed. These 2023 Bllon d’Or snubs are some of the players who had the most impact in the league over the past season. Some of the big names being ignored in the 2023 Ballon d’Or are Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Declan Rice. These players are worthy to be shortlisted as the nominees for the said award. These are some of the players who have made a huge impact for their respective clubs, including in their World Cup campaign. However, many were shocked that they failed to make it to the cut, to the dismay of the fans.

Cristiano Ronaldo

2023 Ballon d'Or Snub: Cristiano Ronaldo
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Manchester United manager Ten Hag struggled to adapt to Ronaldo’s new style of play, as he preferred a more explosive approach. Due to the fact that Ronaldo cannot adopt with Ten Hag’s style of playing, he left Man United. Ronaldo, who was accustomed to conserving energy, was subsequently linked up with Al Nassr to lead the Saudi Pro League. It was a shocking move for Ronaldo, as many expected for him to stay in Europe. When he moved to Saudi Arabia, his he did not have a strong start, as he continues to struggle. Even before Ronaldo move to Saudi, he had dropped goals in his 16 appearances for Man United. Fortunately, he is somehow finding his rhythm back, as he already scored 26 goals in his 30 appearances in Saudi.

Marcus Rashford

2023 Ballon d'Or Snub: Marcus Rashford
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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has signed fresh terms with Man United, and helped the team since then. In fact, there are rumors of interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, but he opted to go to Man Unite. His resurgence under Erik ten Hag and improved fitness after shoulder surgery have contributed to his new contract. During the 2021-22 season, Rashford scored just five goals, but last season he netted 30 strikes for the first time in his career. He is exceptional this season, as he leads Man United for greater heights. However, although he have been monstrous over the last season, he has yet to earn a major trophy. He only won the Leagues Cup, which may be the reasons why some of the winners of prestigious winners are ahead of him.

Declan Rice

2023 Ballon d'Or Snub: Declan Rice
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Rice, despite not making the cut, have been a valuable asset for West Ham’s team. As captain, he guided them out of relegation and earned over £90 million from Manchester City and Arsenal. Rice also played a crucial role in West Ham’s Europa Conference League final, which proves his value for them. On that match, he helped the team to earn the glory for West Ham, and be one of the legends for the team.

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