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“37-years-old insane longevity”- Twitter reacts as Cristiano Ronaldo secures a Ballon d’Or nomination for the 18th time

Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, and Mohamed Salah are among the players on France Football's 30-man shortlist for the male Ballon d'Or.

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The men’s Ballon d’Or vote has passed over defending champion Lionel Messi, but Cristiano Ronaldo has been chosen.

On Friday, the 30-man shortlist for this year’s award was announced by the event’s organisers, France Football. Additionally, they announced the nominees for the Kopa Trophy and Yashin Trophy for women. On October 17, one month before the World Cup begins, the ceremony will take place.

Since 2005, Ronaldo, 37, has appeared on every Ballon d’Or shortlist and has won the award five times. Last time out, Messi, 35, set a record by winning seven, but he won’t add to that total this year. His rejection follows a season in which he only managed to score 11 goals for Paris Saint-Germain.

As a result of his contributions to Real Madrid’s victories in the Champions League, La Liga, Supercopa de Espana, and UEFA Super Cup during the past 12 months, Karim Benzema is the overwhelming favourite to take home the award. The favourites include Sadio Mane and Robert Lewandowski.

Also Read: “He doesn’t deserve it; Finished player”- Fans react after Lionel Messi fails to secure a top-30 Ballon d’Or nomination for the first time since 2005

Here are some reactions on twitter:

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