Vincent Garcia, the chief editor of France Football, has revealed why Al-Nassr captain Cristiano Ronaldo was not nominated for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award.
The 67th annual ceremony of the Ballon d’Or will take place at the Theatre du Chatelet on Monday evening in France.
The award will be given to the player who had the best 2022-2023 season, rather than calendar year, for just the second time ever.
Thirty nominees including the likes of Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe were announced for the 2023 Ballon d’Or in September but Ronaldo was shockingly omitted for the first time since 2004.
“Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence was not a topic of discussion within the committee,” Garcia told (via Sports Brief).
“He did not shine in the World Cup and played in a tournament with less visibility, yet he is still a great player.”