Robert Lewandowski was nominated for an award at the Ballon d’Or 2021 ceremony next week. But now it seems like Lionel Messi is leading the bookmaker despite a disappointing start at Paris Saint-Germain. Lorenzo Insigne, Jorginho, and Karim Benzema are also among the top contenders ahead of the November 29 event.
Lionel Messi favorite to win Ballon d’Or 2021
Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski rose to the top, but the six-time record holder Messi scored his first PSG goal this weekend in a 31 league win over Nantes. 2021 was a good year. The striker finally achieved great international honors and led Argentina to an America’s Cup victory in the summer. He also kept everything Barcelona together during the disappointing 2020/21 campaign but was the player who won the Copa del Rey for the seventh time before leaving the Catalan giants. Messi has an 8/13 win but has not yet reached the heights of the previous year. Eurosport is looking for players who can stop their seventh Ballon d’Or win.
Robert Lewandowski – Odds: 6/5
The Bayern striker was in good shape and until recently won the Ballon d’Or. The Polish international to score his first goal in his 21st match against Dynamo Kyiv this Tuesday became the first player to score two goals in nine consecutive Champions League matches. He has the same number of tournament goals this season and is undoubtedly the deadliest striker in Europe right now. Even before December, Lewandowski had scored 30 goals in 25 club and international matches this season.
Lorenzo Insigne – Odds: 33/1
The Napoli captain has had a fantastic year as an inspirational figure in Italy’s bid to win Euro 2020. The diminutive forward has never been prolific, but he scored twice at the European Championship, including the game-winning goal in a 2-1 quarter-final victory over Belgium. Insigne’s key quality is what he offers all-around, and he is currently leading Napoli’s charge for the Serie A title.
Jorginho – Odds: 28/1
Another of Italy’s European champions, though he did miss a penalty in the shootout win over England, something he has been doing recently for his country after previously being infallible from the spot.
The midfielder has become an important part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Chelsea, captaining the team regularly, and he was instrumental in helping them win the Champions League with a win over Manchester City.
Karim Benzema – Odds: 22/1
There is no sign of the striker slowing down, and he is now a key member of the France team after being exiled since 2015 for his role in the sex tape blackmail scandal involving Mathieu Valbuena. He was sentenced to one year in prison with a one-year suspension after being found guilty of blackmail conspiracy.
As a result, Benzema has fallen down the list of favorites, but he has been in excellent form on the pitch. This season, the forward has 17 goals in 21 appearances for club and country, after scoring 36 in 54 last season.
Who has been nominated for the Men’s BALLON D’OR in 2021?
- 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)
Who has been nominated for the women’s BALLON D’OR in 2021?
- Kadidiatou Diani (PSG)
- Fran Kirby (Chelsea)
- Jennifer Hermoso (Barcelona)
- Christiane Endler (Lyon)
- Christine Sinclair (Thorns FC)
- Ashley Lawrence (PSG)
- Irene Paredes (PSG, 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)
When can I watch a live stream of the BALLON D’OR Ceremony?
On November 29, the award ceremony will be held at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. On Monday night, you can watch a free live stream of the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony.