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Lionel Messi is expected to receive his seventh Ballon d’Or in a scintillating ceremony in 2021 in Paris tonight. Messi is the favorite after winning the Copa America with Argentina earlier this year, despite one of his less impressive years at club level: Barcelona finished third in La Liga and fell in the first round of 16 go to the Champions League. However, Messi scored two goals as Barca won the Copa del Rey final and he was La Liga’s top scorer again, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Robert Lewandowski was expected to win last year’s award before it was canceled due to the pandemic, and the Bayern Munich forward is in contention again. Another contender is Chelsea’s Jorginho, having won the Champions League with his club and Euro 2020 with his country Italy a few months later.
Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema lead the charge for the women’s award. Putellas scored in the final as all-time winners Barca won the Champions League, while Miedema is both the all-time top scorer of the Netherlands and the Women’s Super League and has scored goals at the Olympic Games. Spaniard Pedri is set to win the Kopa trophy for best young male player, while Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma lead the race for the men’s goalkeeper award, the Yashin Trophy.
The ceremony takes place tonight at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, from 19:30 GMT. It will be broadcast live online via The teamYouTube, and Eurosport will also stream the award to its Eurosport website and app. The ceremony is expected to end around 9 p.m. GMT. You can follow all the latest updates below.
Ballon d’Or: Kopa Pedri’s competitor in the 24th
He’s in contention to win the Kopa Trophy tonight, but Barcelona’s teenage midfielder Pedri isn’t quite in the top 20 this time around for the main event.
24th after what was indeed his second year in senior football, it’s still very special!
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 4:03 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: Phil Foden named 25th
Manchester City Starlette Phil Foden is next, ranked 25th best player in world football. What a phenomenal achievement for the 21-year-old.
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 4:00 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: Ruben Dias from Man City joins the 26th
Three more names came out and we have three tied for 26th.
Nicolo Barella of Inter Milan, central defender of Manchester City Ruben Dias and Spain and Villarreal ahead Gérard Moreno all announced together.
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 3:58 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: Barcelona dominate the female nominees
Five of the 20 players shortlisted for the Women’s Ballon d’Or play for Barcelona; Considering their superb Champions League success last season, that’s no surprise. As we mentioned before, Alexia Putellas is the big favorite – but all of her teammates must be in contention as well.
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 3:52 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: legends choose their winners
Many people have something to say about who should be the recipients of the award tonight.
Dani Alves says it should be fine with Christian Eriksen after the collapse of Euro 2020 and its subsequent resumption, saying it would “send a strong message” for football to have more sensitivity.
Francesco Totti would give it to Robert Lewandowski, after years of domination by Messi and Ronaldo.
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 3:43 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: Reveal countdown begins with Modric and Azpilicueta
And the first two players are revealed together, that of Real Madrid Luka Modric and Chelsea’s Champions League-winning defender César Azpilicueta both come 29th.
The Crotian midfielder is of course a former Ballon d’Or winner, winning the award in 2018.
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 3:39 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: Here we go!
France Football teases us with a mini announcement instead of the first players revealed …
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 3:37 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: Neymar absent for the rest of the year
Neymar is on the nominees list for tonight, but is unlikely to be near the favorites after a rather disappointing spell – including the loss in the Copa America final.
His 2021 isn’t going to get any better either, as an ankle ligament injury is expected to keep him out for 6-8 weeks, it has just been announced. More action for him than after the winter break and the new year with PSG.
How far will he appear on the list of nominees tonight? The revelation of the Ballon d’Or is about to begin!
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 3:25 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: The clubs arrive for the ceremony
Clubs are stepping up propaganda for their own players now as excitement builds ahead of the big reveal!
Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 3:10 PM
Ballon d’Or 2021: nominated for the Yashin Trophy
It’s worth knowing who else is up for these awards, starting with goalies. Last year the award was canceled along with the others, so with the trophy only going to exist in 2019, Alisson Becker of Liverpool and Brazil is the sole winner so far.