Ballon d’Or 2021: Who will be crowned the best players in men’s and women’s football?
The world’s best footballers will be recognized at the annual Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday.
Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah are among the favorites to be crowned the best men’s player, while Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso headline the women’s nominees.
The women’s Ballon d’Or was introduced in 2018 and won by Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, while American Megan Rapinoe became the second winner the following year. Last year’s awards were canceled amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Of the 20 players nominated for this year’s award, 10 play for Chelsea or Barcelona, the two sides that contested the Champions League final in May. Barcelona’s 4-0 victory in that game was the highlight of the side’s treble-winning season.
In the men’s award, Messi could claim a record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or having won the Copa América title with Argentina earlier this year.
Lewandowski‘s sensational goalscoring form for Bayern Munich has also put him in the running; the striker has netted 53 times this calendar year, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
Liverpool‘s Salah, the top scorer in the Premier League this season, and Real Madrid‘s Karim Benzema, the top scorer so far in La Liga, are also among the favorites, as is midfielder Jorginho, who won the Champions League title with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy this year.
Ballon d’Or 2021 Live Streaming: When and where to watch, who are the nominees?
The race to be crowned the best men’s player of 2021 is between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, with Karim Benzema the third favourite.
When is the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony?
The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held on Tuesday (Monday night), November 29.
What time is the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony?
The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony will start around 1:00 AM IST.
Where is the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony?
The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
Which channel will air the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony?
The 2021 Ballon d’Or live will be telecast on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD in India.
Where can I watch the live streaming of the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony?
The live streaming of the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony will be available on Hotstar.
Ballon d’Or 2021 Nominees :
Ballon d’Or 2021 Men: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Jorginho (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedri (Barcelona), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid).
Ballon d’Or 2021 Women: Kadidiatou Diani (PSG), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jennifer Hermoso (Barcelona), Christiane Endler (Lyon), Christine Sinclair (Thorns FC), Ashley Lawrence (PSG), Irene Paredes (Barcelona), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea), Lieke Martens (Barcelona), Sandra Panos (Barcelona), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Ellen White (Manchester City), Pernille Harder (Chelsea), Sam Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG), Stina Blackstenius (Hacken), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Alexia Putellas(Barcelona).
Lionel Messi battles Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho for award
Lionel Messi is expected to collect his seventh Ballon d’Or award at a glittering 2021 ceremony in Paris this evening.
Messi is the favourite 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 knockout round of the Champions League. However, Messi scored two goals as Barca won the Copa del Rey final and he was La Liga’s top goalscorer once more, before switching to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
2021 Ballon d’Or
The 2021 Ballon d’Or (French: Ballon d’Or) is the upcoming 65th annual ceremony of the Ballon d’Or, presented by France Football, and recognising the best footballers in the world 2021.
Lionel Messi strong favourite to win record seventh men’s title tonight
The Ballon d’Or ceremony returns in Paris tonight after cancellation of the 2020 awards; Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the men’s award, while England’s Ellen White and Fran Kirby are nominated for the women’s trophy; event starts at 7pm UK time
award for a record seventh time at the ceremony in Paris.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward ended his long wait for a major international trophy when he helped Argentina win the Copa America in the summer, while he also guided Barcelona to Copa del Rey glory before moving to the French capital in August.
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