Nicolo Barella, Andre Onana and Lautaro Martinez are among the candidates to win the Ballon d’Or award for the 2022-23 season, which is given to the world’s best player. french soccer. The magazine published a list of 30 candidates, including six from Italy’s top airlines. Cristiano Ronaldo was the last player to reach the Ballon d’Or podium in Serie A, and the first time since 2003 that the Portuguese player will be absent.
Last season, Simone Inzaghi’s Inter surprised many by defeating Milan in the semi-finals and Barcelona in the group stage to reach the UEFA Champions League final. This is Barella and Martinez’s second nomination after winning the Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia.
Barella is the only Italian to make the list, with the Azzurri international having the best season of his career with 19 goals (9 goals, 10 assists) in 58 games.
Barella opened up about his nomination at a press conference in Italy. “I have to thank my teammates. Even if we didn’t win the Champions League, we had a great season. Thank you to Simone Inzaghi and my teammates. I’m proud to represent Italy. ”
The Sardinian-born midfielder will be remembered for his iconic left-footed drive against Benfica in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Considered an elite box-to-box player, Barella is one of nine midfielders listed alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Jude Bellingham. french soccer He also praised the 26-year-old as “the lungs of Inter Milan, Italy’s best midfielder at the moment”, offering precision and technical efficiency through his ability to give the game some breathing space.
If Barella wins, he will become the sixth player to win the title, following Omar Sivori (1961), Gianni Rivera (1969), Paolo Rossi (1982), Roberto Baggio (1993) and Fabio Cannavaro (2006). An Italian winner. Most recently, Italy’s highest ranking was Jorginho in 2021, who finished third behind Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
Andre Onana, who has just joined Manchester United, is one of three goalkeepers and four African players. The Cameroonian, who is nominated for the first time, is widely known as a shot-stopper in modern ballplaying who directs traffic. The 27-year-old played a key role in Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 formation throughout the Champions League, and was always central between the back three during games. Nerazzurri He advanced from the defensive line.
After conceding 41 goals in 45 games, Onana kept 19 clean sheets and, along with Milan’s Mike Maynyan, won the Yashin Trophy for ‘Best Goalkeeper’, named after Soviet Union’s Lev Yashin. was nominated for. Yassin is the only stopper to win the Ballon d’Or (1963), with Dino Zoff (1973) and Gianluigi Buffon (2006) both finishing second during their time at Juventus, with the latter spanning 28 years. He has been a finalist 11 times throughout his career.
FranceFootball.fr said of Onana’s contribution in the 2022-23 season: “He was integral to Inter’s breathtaking journey in the Champions League, playing a decisive role on several occasions and his support was strong.” Explained in detail.of Benemata Despite losing 1-0 to Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final, Onana was praised by Inter fans for his miraculous save against Porto and his impressive long-range passing performance during the season. After leaving Ajax on a free transfer in the summer of 2022, Onana made Manchester United his third club in three seasons after the Reds paid Inter for €51 million in July. did.
Whether Lautaro Martínez ends up in the top ten or not, the Argentine’s career will continue after a FIFA World Cup title, a Champions League runner-up medallion, two club silverware and, finally, the inheritance of the black and blue armband. Proceed to the next level. From Samir Handanovic. El Toro He is only the third Inter player to win this coveted award, with Lothar Matthaus being the first to do so in 1990, and the first since Ronaldo to do so. O Phenomeno In 1997.
France Football talks about the Inter captain’s best moments of the 2022/23 season. “In the Champions League semi-final against AC Milan (2-0, 1-0, return scorer), he showed a brilliant performance and led Inter Milan to the top once again.”
Incredibly, Martinez played in 67 games over the course of the season, scoring an additional 29 goals (and 12 assists), bringing his total professional goals to 158. This includes property from the Racing Club. Albiceleste. Martínez, who has scored five goals in three Serie A games so far, will play in a supporting role behind compatriot Julián Álvarez and seven-time champion Lionel Messi in Qatar. They will be aiming for the 24th season title.
Apart from Messi, Erling Haaland’s outstanding season with Manchester City in the English Premier League, with 58 goals in 59 games, could tip the vote in favor of the Norwegian. The Ballon d’Or, which means “golden ball” in French, is the oldest and most prestigious individual award in world football.The annual trophy is sponsored by a French monthly magazine french football, And for the second time in the award’s history, it will be awarded based on performance over the entire season rather than the calendar year. The current holder is former Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The winners of the 67th edition will be announced on October 30th at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
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