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).
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|
|Kevin De Bruyne||+5000||+5000||+5000|
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
|Nicolo Barella||MF||Inter de Milan||Italy|
|Karim Benzema||FW||Real Madrid||France|
|Kevin De Bruyne||MF||Manchester city||Belgium|
|Ruben Dias||DF||Manchester city||Portugal|
|Bruno fernandes||MF||United manchester||Portugal|
|Phil Foden||FW||Manchester city||England|
|Erling haaland||FW||Borussia Dortmund||Norway|
|Harry kane||FW||Tottenham Hotspur||England|
|Simon kjaer||DF||AC Milan||Denmark|
|Robert Lewandowski||FW||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Riyad mahrez||FW||Manchester city||Algeria|
|Lautaro Martinez||FW||Inter de Milan||Argentina|
|Luka modric||MF||Real Madrid||Croatia|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||FW||United manchester||Portugal|
|Raheem Sterling||FW||Manchester city||England|
|Luis Suarez||FW||Atletico Madrid||Uruguay|
2021 Ballon d’Or – Women
|Stina blackstenius||FW||Bk hoes||Sweden|
|Christiane endler||GK||Olympic Lyon||chili|
|Jennifer Hermoso||FW||FC Barcelona||Spain|
|Marie Antoinette Katoto||FW||PSG||France|
|Lieke martens||MF||FC Barcelona||Netherlands|
|Samantha mewis||MF||NC Courage||USA|
|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
|Jude Bellingham||MF||Borussia Dortmund||England|
|Mason Greenwood||FW||United manchester||England|
|Jamal musiala||MF||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Giovanni reyna||MF||Borussia Dortmund||USA|
|Florian wirtz||MF||Bayer Leverkusen||Germany|
Finalists of the Yashin Trophy 2021
|Thibaut Courtois||GK||Real Madrid||Belgium|
|Samir handanovic||GK||Inter de Milan||Slovenia|
|Emiliano Martinez||GK||Aston Villa||Argentina|
|Keylor Navas||GK||PSG||Costa Rica|
|Manuel Neuer||GK||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Jan Oblak||GK||Atletico Madrid||Slovenia|
|Kasper schmeichel||GK||Leicester City||Denmark|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.