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Ballon d’Or 2021: how to watch, date, time, favorites, finalists and betting odds

One of the most prestigious individual awards in world football will be presented on Monday when the winners of the 2021 men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or (Ballon d’Or) will be presented.

The awards return after a yearlong hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A formal ceremony will be held in Paris and broadcast to a worldwide audience. The best young player (Kopa Trophy) and the best goalkeeper (Yashin Trophy) will also be recognized.

Lionel Messi could win a seventh men’s Ballon d’Or, although Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is considered worthy by many, especially after missing the Ballon d’Or last year.

Messi was the last player to win the award, earning the honor in 2019, and he and longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo have shared 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or trophies. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is the only man to have broken his duopoly, winning in 2018, but is not among the 30 finalists in 2021. The first men’s Ballon d’Or was awarded in 1956.

There are 20 nominees for the women’s Ballon d’Or. Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema are among the favorites. The latest winner, Megan Rapinoe in 2019, is not a finalist, but there are three Olympic gold medal winners from Canada and one American, Samantha Mewis, who is unlikely to win given the tough competition.

How to watch the 2021 Ballon d’Or

  • Date: Monday, November 29
  • Weather: 2:30 pm ET
  • Television channel: None
  • Transmission: Paramount +, The team

The 2021 Ballon d’Or winners will be announced at a gala in Paris on Monday, November 29. The event will be broadcast live on Paramount + in the US The French sports daily L’Equipe will also carry the live broadcast on your channels.

The ceremony at the Théâtre du Chatelet will reveal the winners of the men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or, the Kopa Trophy (best young player under-21) and the Yashin Trophy (best goalkeeper).

There were six editions (2010 to 015) in which the Ballon d’Or, run by the French weekly France Football, was known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or after merging with the FIFA Player of the Year award. FIFA broke up and started The best FIFA football awards as of 2016 (granted in January 2017).

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Who will win the Ballon d’Or?

According to US sports bookmakers DraftKings and Pointsbest and Sports Interaction of Canada, it is essentially a two-horse race. Lionel messi is the favorite on DraftKings and Sports Interaction, while Robert Lewandowski is a slight favorite on Pointsbet.

With no slam-dunk candidates this year, there was a lot of media talk over the summer about the Chelsea and Italy midfielder. Jorginho potentially emerging as a surprise winner following their role in Italy’s victory at Euro 2021. Later, Liverpool Mohamed salah earned media enthusiasm with his strong start to the 2021-22 season in the Premier League just as voters presented their rankings in October.

But there seems to be consensus that Messi’s first trophy with Argentina’s senior team in the 2021 Copa América will tip the vote in his favor, even ahead of the prolific Lewandowski, who set a record for goals in a single season in the Bundesliga and currently tops the rankings. UEFA Champions League top scorers list. Lewandowski has more goals in 2021 than Messi (64-41) and more club trophies (3-1). He could get the nod from voters given he was the favorite last year before the 2020 award was canceled.

CBS’s team of soccer analysts, including Thierry Henry, the runner-up in the 2013 Ballon d’Or race, believe Messi will win, though they would rather see others. Henry and Alex Scott were divided on the female award.

Odds are available for the men’s prize and are updated below as of Sunday, November 28.

Player DraftKings Bet on points Sports interaction
Lionel messi -300 -125 -185
Robert Lewandowski +125 -150 +125
Karim Benzema +2200 +2200 +2800
Mohamed salah +2500 +2500 +2500
Jorginho +2800 +3000 +3300
N’Golo Kante +5000 +5000 +5000
Kevin De Bruyne +5000 +5000 +5000
Cristiano Ronaldo +5000 +5000 +5000
Romelu lukaku +6500 +7000 +8800
Kylian Mbappé +6500 +6000 +6600
Neymar +6500 +7000 +9000
Gianluigi Donnarumma +6500 +6000 +6600
Bruno fernandes +6500 +6000 +6600
Simon kjaer +6500 +6000
Harry kane +6500 +6000 +6600
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How does voting for the Ballon d’Or work?

Voting for the men’s Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy closed on October 24. A panel of 180 journalists from around the world were asked to vote (via a secure email system) based on criteria including individual and team performance in 2021, talent and sportsmanship, and the player’s overall career. .

Around 40 to 50 female soccer journalists vote for the women’s Ballon d’Or, while 32 former men’s Ballon d’Or winners vote for the best under-21 male player (Kopa Trophy).

Each Ballon d’Or voter (men and women) gives their first five; voters for the Kopa Trophy and the Yashin Trophy submit the top three. In each case, points are assigned to each location and the player with the most points wins the prize.

The results of the vote will be published in the December 4 issue of the weekly publication France Football.

According to Editor-in-chief of France Football, the weekly’s editorial team draws up the list of finalists before distributing it to voters.

Who are the finalists for the Ballon d’Or?

Here is the full list of candidates for the four different awards. There are 30 names for the male award, 20 for the female Golden Ball, and 10 for each of the Kopa and Yashin awards.

2021 Ballon d’Or – Men

Name Position Club National selection
César Azpilicueta DF Chelsea Spain
Nicolo Barella MF Inter de Milan Italy
Karim Benzema FW Real Madrid France
Leonardo Bonucci DF Juventus Italy
Giorgio Chiellini DF Juventus Italy
Kevin De Bruyne MF Manchester city Belgium
Ruben Dias DF Manchester city Portugal
Gianluigi Donnarumma GK PSG Italy
Bruno fernandes MF United manchester Portugal
Phil Foden FW Manchester city England
Erling haaland FW Borussia Dortmund Norway
Jorginho MF Chelsea Italy
Harry kane FW Tottenham Hotspur England
N’Golo Kante MF Chelsea France
Simon kjaer DF AC Milan Denmark
Robert Lewandowski FW Bayern Munich Germany
Romelu lukaku FW Chelsea Belgium
Riyad mahrez FW Manchester city Algeria
Lautaro Martinez FW Inter de Milan Argentina
Kylian Mbappé FW PSG France
Lionel messi FW PSG Argentina
Luka modric MF Real Madrid Croatia
Gerard Moreno FW Villarreal Spain
Mason Mount MF Chelsea England
Neymar FW PSG Brazil
Pedri MF FC Barcelona Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo FW United manchester Portugal
Mohamed salah FW Liverpool Egypt
Raheem Sterling FW Manchester city England
Luis Suarez FW Atletico Madrid Uruguay
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2021 Ballon d’Or – Women

Name Position Club National selection
Stina blackstenius FW Bk hoes Sweden
Kadidiatou Diani FW PSG France
Christiane endler GK Olympic Lyon chili
Magdalena Eriksson DF Chelsea Sweden
Jessie fleming MF Chelsea Canada
Pernille Harder FW Chelsea Denmark
Jennifer Hermoso FW FC Barcelona Spain
Marie Antoinette Katoto FW PSG France
Sam kerr FW Chelsea Australia
Fran kirby FW Chelsea England
Ashley lawrence DF PSG Canada
Lieke martens MF FC Barcelona Netherlands
Samantha mewis MF NC Courage USA
Vivianne Miedema FW Arsenal Netherlands
Sandra Panos GK FC Barcelona Spain
Irene Paredes DF FC Barcelona Spain
Alexia putellas MF FC Barcelona Spain
Wendie renard DF Olympic Lyon France
Christine Sinclair FW Portland Thorns Canada
Ellen white FW Manchester city England

Finalists of the 2021 Kopa Trophy

Name Position Club National selection
Jude Bellingham MF Borussia Dortmund England
Jeremy doku FW Rennes Belgium
Ryan gravenberch MF Ajax Netherlands
Mason Greenwood FW United manchester England
Nuno mendes DF PSG Portugal
Jamal musiala MF Bayern Munich Germany
Pedri MF FC Barcelona Spain
Giovanni reyna MF Borussia Dortmund USA
Bukayo saka FW Arsenal England
Florian wirtz MF Bayer Leverkusen Germany

Finalists of the Yashin Trophy 2021

Name Position Club National selection
Thibaut Courtois GK Real Madrid Belgium
Gianluigi Donnarumma GK PSG Italy
Ederson GK Manchester city Brazil
Samir handanovic GK Inter de Milan Slovenia
Emiliano Martinez GK Aston Villa Argentina
Edouard mendy GK Chelsea Senegal
Keylor Navas GK PSG Costa Rica
Manuel Neuer GK Bayern Munich Germany
Jan Oblak GK Atletico Madrid Slovenia
Kasper schmeichel GK Leicester City Denmark


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