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Liverpool’s £85m star Darwin Nunez one of six Ballon d’Or nominees to get NO votes along with Manchester City rival

LIVERPOOL star Darwin Nunez did not receive a single vote for the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

Karim Benzema claimed the top prize with former Red Sadio Mane second and Kevin De Bruyne third.

Karim Benzema claimed the top prize

Nunez made the shortlist, unlike Lionel Messi, but was one of six nominees not to receive a vote.

There were 30 nominees in total with Joao Cancelo, Antonio Rudiger, Christopher Nkunku, Joshua Kimmich and Mike Maignan also failing to win a vote.

Nunez has had a successful year despite his stuttering start at Anfield since his £85million summer move.

He was a relative unknown at this point last year before going on to scored 26 goals in 28 league games for Benfica last season.

The Uruguayan, 23, also established himself as one of Europe’s sharpest shooters by scoring six goals in 10 Champions League games.

However he has failed to replicate that form at Anfield which is seemingly why he was overlooked in the Ballon d’Or voting.

It was also a disappointing night for Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo who suffered his worst ever finish in the Ballon d’Or by placing 20th.

Ronaldo is a five-time winner of the gong but is on the decline after finishing sixth in last year’s competition.

Meanwhile, many fans were left perplexed after Manchester City were named Club of the Year.

Real Madrid won LaLiga and the Champions League yet somehow finished third in the category behind Liverpool, leading some supporters to poke fun at the organisers.

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