‘The new criteria were unfavourable to him and his first season in Paris was very disappointing’: Ballon d’Or organisers explain Lionel Messi’s omission from 30-man shortlist
- The 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced on Friday
- Current holder Lionel Messi failed to make the cut after a poor season
- A journalist from France Football has tried to explain the decision
France Football have given their reasons for not including defending champion Lionel Messi on this year’s Ballon d’Or shortlist, which was revealed on Friday.
Messi and team-mate