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After a blank year due to Covid-19, the Ballon d’Or is back on Monday. Who of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski or Karim Benzema will win the supreme individual award in football? Follow the award ceremony live on France24.com
Thirty nominees but in the end, only one will be left. After a 2020 edition canceled due to competitions amputated by the Covid-19, the Ballon d’Or ceremony returns on Monday, November 29 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. If Lionel Messi is considered a favorite for a seventh coronation, Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema are serious contenders to dislodge him from his throne.
After being crowned best player of Euro-2021 during Euro-2021, Gianluigi Donnarumma won the Yachine trophy for best goalkeeper.
Winner of the Women’s Champions League with Barça, Spain’s Alexia Putellas won the third women’s Ballon d’Or in history.
She succeeds the Norwegian Ada Hegerberg, the first winner in history in 2018, and the champion and American feminist icon Megan Rapinoe.
Donnarumma and Mbappé are respectively 10th and 9th in the standings. Slight disappointment for the prodigy of Bondy who is still regressing! He can still be consoled, he is the only player with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to have finished in the top 10 in the last four editions (7th in 2017, 4th in 2018 and 6th in 2019 and therefore 9th this year)
Little suspense. Everyone knew that the serial goalscorer for Bayern Munich and Poland was the best “goleador” of the year.
After bringing Spain to Euro-2021 and the Olympic Games as well as FC Barcelona, Pedri won the Kopa trophy for best youngster of the year 2021. He was also 24th in the Ballon d’Or standings.
He succeeds the French Kylian Mbappé (2018) and the Dutch Matthijs de Ligt (2019), no prize having been awarded in 2020 due to the Covid crisis.
The player, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Thursday, has had a stellar trajectory in recent months, until he joined La Roja. He was named best youngster of the last European Championship, where Spain was eliminated in the semi-final by Italy.
Pedro Gonzalez followed this summer with the Tokyo Olympics, concluded with a silver medal, after losing in the final against Brazil. In Japan, he completed a 2020/21 marathon season, with 73 matches played which allowed him to hatch in front of the world.
He is presented by two mysterious helmeted individuals … They are the two Alpine Formula 1 drivers: Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon. The brand is a sponsor of the event.
FERNANDO ALONSO AND ESTEBAN OCON BRINGING THE GOLD BALLOON BUT IT WAS SURE # F1 #BallonDor pic.twitter.com/i7cUUsq4ZL
And finally the long-awaited arrival, that of Lionel Messi, who has a good chance of lifting the trophy for the 7th time. It would be the first since he has been a PSG player. @lemondefr # BallonDor2021 pic.twitter.com/MNZ4INEmMG
In any case, the most beautiful and “classy” tonight is the Messi family. Always smiling, always elegant. It’s nice that a huge football player returns this image. I am proud for South America! 🇦🇷 # BallonDorpic.twitter.com / 8L29H8mRFq
🔴 We’re live from Paris! Follow your favorite players as they walk the red carpet of the 2021 #ballondor ceremony https://t.co/l9mXfPSuD9
In the classification of the Ballon d’Or as in life or in the Italian team, Chiellini is inseparable from his colleague Bonucci. The captain of the Italians is ahead of him by one place in the standings.
When he arrived in Paris in the summer of 2017, Neymar aspired to leave the shadow Messi and Suarez to finally win a Ballon d’Or. Four years later, the scores are not good for the Brazilian, too irregular or often injured to claim the supreme award. Moreover, PSG announced on Monday that it would still be unavailable between 6 and 8 weeks due to a new injury.
The young English generation is in the spotlight as Mason Mount (Chelsea FC) is in 19th place in the standings. The 18th is more surprising. This is Simon Kjær, the captain of Denmark. A place which undoubtedly owes to his heroic actions during the match between Denmark and Finland where he quite simply saved his teammate Christian Eriksen, victim of a heart attack on the ground.
🔴 SIMON KJÆR is in 18th place in #BallonDor! A huge Euro, and a simply huge year 2021 with Milan and Denmark where he will have been a hero.Grande @ SimonKjaer1989 👏🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/qfbAL33miT
The standings continue to grow thin and Fennecs captain Riyad Mahrez finishes in 20th place in this 2021 Ballon d’Or. He is ahead of Lautaro Martinez and Bruno Fernandex (tied for 21st).
The 2021 Golden Boy (best under-21 player of the year) finished in 24th place in the standings for his first professional year. A place that rewards his impressive year with Spain and Barça.
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The Ballon d’Or ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Didier Drogba will be in particular to host the evening, which will run through the rewards until 10 p.m.
Like every year, the names will be given before the ceremony. From 5 p.m., the players, placed from 30th to 16th place, will gradually be revealed. The revelations will continue until only the final podium remains, which will not be revealed until after the ceremony.
A jury of 180 journalists, one per country, votes for the men’s Ballon d’Or, and another of 50 journalists specializing in women’s football for the women’s Ballon d’Or. Voting closed on October 24. The players are chosen for their class and their talent but also for their achievements during the year, favoring the winners of the Euro (Italy) and the Champions League (Chelsea).
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