The spotlight is on who will succeed Karim Benzema as the Ballon d'Or France Football winner. As the nominees trickle in, fans are eagerly awaiting the full list, which is being revealed live on the L'Equipe channel. This announcement also sheds light on contenders for the Women's Golden Ball, the Yachine Trophy (honoring goalkeepers), and the Kopa Trophy (recognizing talents under 21).
Notably, Gianluigi Donnarumma, the 2021 Yachine Trophy recipient, is absent from the top 10 nominees in this category, while former Parisian player Mike Maignan (AC Milan) makes the list. In the Kopa Trophy category, PSG's own Xavi Simons, currently on loan to RB Leipzig, is a contender for this prestigious distinction. Among the female nominees, former Paris Saint-Germain players Amanda Ilestedt and Kadidiatou Diani are recognized, though no current PSG Women's squad member is among the nominees.
Turning attention to the men's Ballon d'Or, PSG's recent acquisition, Randal Kolo Muani, is included among the 30 nominees for this prestigious accolade. Joining him is his new PSG teammate, Kylian Mbappé, marking the sixth time the Parisian number 7 has been nominated for the esteemed individual football award, the 67th installment in its storied history.