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Ballon d'Or nominees unveiled, will Messi get his seventh trophy?

13:56, 09 October 2021
Ballon d'Or nominees unveiled, will Messi get his seventh trophy?

France Football has also presented nominees for the Ballon d'Or Feminin, the Kopa Trophy, and the Yachine Trophy.


On Friday football magazine France Football issued a list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award given to the best player of the season. The trophy is considered to be one of the most important and prestigious individual awards.

The ceremony will be held on November 29, but the football community can already make suppositions about the award’s winner.

This year’s voting is expected to be extremely competitive since there are no clear favorites. Still, there are several remarkable players on the list who are more likely to get the prize.

Leo Messi can potentially win his seventh Ballon d'Or and secure his record after impressive performances for Barcelona during his last season in Spain and the Copa America triumph in summer, the first in 28 years.

Chelsea’s Jorginho won the Champions League and the delayed UEFA Euro 2020 cups with his teams and received the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has won the 2021 European golden shoe as he scored 41 goals for Bayern in the last season.

Harry Kane, who did not manage to leave Tottenham this summer, made a historic achievement as he became the best scorer and assister in the Premier League in 2020/2021.

Apart from the main Ballon d'Or trophy, the French magazine has also revealed who will compete for the Ballon d'Or Feminin given to the best female football player of the season, the Kopa Trophy which marks the best player under 21, and the Yachine Trophy honoring the best goalkeeper.

Champion of Europe Gianluigi Donnarumma is the only keeper to be nominated for the Ballon d'Or and the Yachine Trophy.

You can find the whole list of the Ballon d'Or nominees sorted by clubs below.

English clubs

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Jorginho (Chelsea)

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)

Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Italian Clubs

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Simon Kjær (AC Milan)

Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

Spanish Clubs

Pedri (Barcelona)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

German Clubs

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

French Clubs

Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)

Lionel Messi (PSG)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Neymar (PSG)