Football fans who took a look at the 2023 Ballon d’Or might have noticed a very particular omission from the list.
Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo has been denied a spot on the list of the sport’s highest honour.
Despite consisting of some of the most famous players alive today, including long time rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo did not make it onto this year’s run-up for the first time in 20 years.
The Al-Nassr addition has dominated the awards alongside his rival, with the former taking the prize five times. Meanwhile, Messi, who took it home seven times, is the favourite to win once again.
The Argentinian has recently joined Inter Miami, and has been turning celebrity heads ever since.