Women's Ballon d'Or 2022 nominees announced: Morgan, Mead and Putellas on 30-strong shortlist

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Barcelona's captain became only the third female winner of the prize last year, but has she done enough to retain it?

The full list of nominees for the Women's 2022 Ballon d'Or has been announced, with France Football recognising the world's best female players of the past 12 months.

Lyon's Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d'Or Feminin back in 2018 and United States Women's national team star Megan Rapinoe scooped the prize the following year, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused the 2020 ceremony to be cancelled.

The voting resumed last year, though, and Barcelona star Alexia Putellas became the third female player to win a Golden Ball, but will her name be up in lights once again on October 17?

Check out the nominees for the Women's Ballon d'Or below:

  1. Selma Bacha - Lyon
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    Selma Bacha - Lyon

    Bacha was named the Women's Champions League's Young Player of the Season as attacking full-back recorded the most assists in the 2021-22 competition.

  2. Fridolina Rolfo - Barcelona
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    Fridolina Rolfo - Barcelona

    Rolfo enjoyed an excellent first season at Barcelona as the Sweden striker settled into life in Spain following her summer move from Wolfsburg.

  3. Vivianne Miedema - Arsenal
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    Vivianne Miedema - Arsenal

    Miedema enjoyed another stellar season in front of goal for Arsenal as the WSL's all-time top scorer committed her future to the club rather than join Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.

  4. Lucy Bronze - Barcelona
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    Lucy Bronze - Barcelona

    Bronze finally added an international trophy to her collection after a series of stellar displays from the England right back helped the Lionesses win the European Championship on home soil.

  5. Sam Kerr - Chelsea
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    Sam Kerr - Chelsea

    The WSL Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner, Kerr was almost unstoppable as she fired Chelsea to yet another league title.

  6. Christiane Endler - Lyon
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    Christiane Endler - Lyon

    Having swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Lyon in the summer of 2021, goalkeeper Endler further established herself as the leading shot-stopper in the game as she tasted Champions League success for the first time.

  7. Lena Oberdorf- Wolfsburg
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    Lena Oberdorf- Wolfsburg

    Former NXGN winner Oberdorf announced herself to the world with a series of superb performances for Germany at Euro 2022 that led to her winning the Young Player of the Tournament award.

  8. Kadidatou Diani - Paris Saint-Germain
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    Kadidatou Diani - Paris Saint-Germain

    Diani enjoyed another stellar season in front of goal for PSG, netting 13 times in the league as they finished runners-up to Lyon.

  9. Catarina Macario - Lyon
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    Catarina Macario - Lyon

    USWNT star Macario enjoyed a breakout season in Europe as she scored crucial goals for Lyon in their run to regain the Champions League.

  10. Alexia Putellas - Barcelona
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    Alexia Putellas - Barcelona

    The 2021 Ballon d'Or winner's season ended in disaster when a serious knee injury ruled her out of the European Championship, but she enjoyed another stellar campaogn for Barca before that.

  11. Alexandra Popp - Wolfsburg
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    Alexandra Popp - Wolfsburg

    Popp finished as the joint-top scorer at the European Championship, and it will remain a great unknown as to how Germany would have fared in the final had she not suffered an injury 24 hours before kick-off.

  12. Aitana Bonmati - Barcelona
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    Aitana Bonmati - Barcelona

    Sometimes the unsung hero of the all-conquering Barcelona side, Bonmati's quiet excellence in midfield allows those ahead of her to thrive in Catalunya.

  13. Wendie Renard - Lyon
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    Wendie Renard - Lyon

    Renard tasted Champions League success for the eighth time in her illustrious career as the Lyon centre-back again shone at both ends of the pitch.

  14. Alex Morgan - San Diego Wave
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    Alex Morgan - San Diego Wave

    Morgan returned to international football after an eight-month break to fire the USWNT to Olympic and World Cup qualification as they won the CONCACAF W Championship.

  15. Beth Mead - Arsenal
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    Beth Mead - Arsenal

    Mead became a national hero in England as she was named Player of the Tournament and Top Scorer as the Lionesses won their first European Championship.

  16. Asisat Oshoala - Barcelona
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    Asisat Oshoala - Barcelona

    African Women's Player of the Year for the fifth time, Oshoala continues to be a thorn in the defence of all of Barcelona's opponents.

  17. Marie-Antoinette Katoto - Paris Saint-Germain
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    Marie-Antoinette Katoto - Paris Saint-Germain

    One of the best strikers on the planet, Katoto was the top scorer in the French top flight in 2021-22 before injury brought her time at the European Championship to a premature end.

  18. Millie Bright - Chelsea
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    Millie Bright - Chelsea

    A rock in defence for both Chelsea and England, Bright's physicality should not detract from her ability when in possession.

  19. Trinity Rodman - Washington Spirit
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    Trinity Rodman - Washington Spirit

    Rodman's meteoric rise continues with her first Ballon d'Or nomination, with the forward set to be a USWNT mainstay for years to come.

  20. Ada Hegerberg - Lyon
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    Ada Hegerberg - Lyon

    Hegerberg was back to her best last season as she scored key goals for Lyon on their way to a domestic-European double while also returning to the international scene with Norway.