Kim Min-jae becomes the first Asian defender

To be nominated for the Ballon d’Or

Included in the 30 players 4th Korean player
Only Asian player 3 defenders in total
Five-time winner Ronaldo is out of the running
Kim Min-jae

(Bayern Munich – pictured) has become the first Asian defender to be named to the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. The Ballon d’or, which means “golden ball” in French, is the world’s most prestigious award for soccer players. France Football, the French soccer publication that organizes the Ballon d’Or awards, announced the 30 nominees for this year’s award on Sunday, and Kim Min-jae is the only Asian player on the list. 토토사이트 There are only three defenders, including Kim Min-jae, along with Ousmane Dias and Yoshiko Gbardiol (Manchester City).


Football said, “No player in the Italian professional soccer Serie A has completed more passes than Kim Min-jae. He is a force to be reckoned with both on the ground and in the air,” explains the nomination. After playing a crucial role in Napoli’s 33rd title in Serie A last season, Kim moved to Bayern Munich of the German Bundesliga in July ahead of the start of this season. Kim is the fourth South Korean player to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or. Seol Ki-hyun, who played for Anderlecht, was first nominated in 2002 and Park Ji-sung, who played for Manchester United, was included in 2005. 스포츠토토 Son Heung-min (Tottenham) was nominated twice before, in 2019 and 2022, but missed out this year. Son finished 11th out of 30 in the voting for the Ballon d’Or winner last year, when he led the English Premier League (EPL) in scoring, which remains the highest ranking ever for an Asian player. The Ballon d’Or winner is voted on by 100 journalists from around the world.

Lionel Messi

(Inter Miami), the most decorated Ballon d’Or winner in history (seven), and last year’s winner Karim Benzema (Al Ahly), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Elling Holland (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), and Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona) are among the 30 nominees. There was no mention of five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo (Alnasr), 스포츠토토맨 the second most in history.

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