The 2020 Ballon d’Or awards were cancelled because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. However the 2021 event will go ahead to decide the best player in both men’s and women’s football over the course of the last year. Here is all the information you need on the event, including all the nominees.
Both the men’s and women’s nominees will find out the winner on 29 November in Paris, France. Thirty men and twenty women are nominated for the respective rewards
The women’s award began in 2018 when it was first awarded to Ada Hegeberg, and the current holder is American Megan Rapinoe. The men’s award was launched in 1956, with the current holder being Lionel Messi
The judgments are made on the basis of the last 12 months’ performances from players. Here is all the information you need for the Ballon d’Or 2021
Manchester United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t believe Lionel Messi deserves a seventh Ballon d’Or. Instead, he has named who he thinks deserves the award “without a doubt
Ronaldo declared: “Without a doubt, my candidate for the Ballon d’Or is Benzema. The best striker, brutal level for 10 years and champion above all. Don’t you think?”
Benzema is in the form of his life with Los Blancos, though one figure within the game still believes Ronaldo should win.
WHO IS LIKELIEST TO WIN?
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo might also hope for a similar nod. At 36 he was Juventus’ best player last year, but the Italians also failed on both major stages, and it led to Ronaldo breaking off his time in Turin to return to Manchester. Two years old than Messi, it seems unlikely that he will get the chance to equal Messi’s six awards, trailing by one.
Others in with a chance are Karim Benzema, Roberto Lewandowski, Ngolo Kante, Mohammed Salah and Romelu Lukaku, but the dark horse to take the trophy is probably Jorginho, after performances at the heart of both Chelsea’s Champions League win and Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph.