Ballon d’Or favorites 2022

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New Delhi: Mike Minnian and Raphael Leao have been nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or for their roles in winning the Serie A last season.

Rafael Liao

Leao was named Serie A Player of the Year for his performance in the 2021-22 Scudetto where he scored double figures in goals and assists in all competitions, and France Football confirmed he is on the Ballon d’Or shortlist. The striker scored 11 goals and made 10 others in 34 league matches, as Milan beat rivals Inter Milan with the title. Leao played every game from the left wing because he works comfortably from the center of the striker

Mike Minyan

Mike Mainan is shortlisted for the Yachine Trophy which is a goalkeeper award but was also shortlisted for the 30-man Ballon d’Or. Mainan won the Serie A award for best goalkeeper for the 2021-22 season. The Frenchman had an impressive first season with the Rossoneri as he played a key role in the title victory. The 26-year-old joined the Italian giants from Lille last summer in a deal totaling around €15m, being brought in to replace departing Gianluigi Donnarumma. He settled immediately in Stefano Pioli’s side and continued to shine as Milan won their first league title in 11 years.



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