France did not vote for their own Kylian Mbappe for the Ballon d’Or award.
They did not also vote for Lionel Messi, the Argentina great, who left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season after two years at the club.
France however voted for Erling Haaland, who came second at the award ceremony.
Mbappe won the Ligue 1 title in the year in review and fired France to the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar where he scored a top of eight goals to win the Golden Boot.
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However, it was rather surprising that his country did not acknowledge his performance for the year and opted for Erling Haaland.
Haaland came second to Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record-extending eighth time.
Individual performance in the previous season, team success during the previous season, player behavior and fair play during the season, are the criteria for awarding a player the Ballon d’Or.