France Football announces the list of candidates for the Golden Ball 2021

France Football magazine (France) has announced the list of candidates for the Golden Ball for men, the Golden Ball for women, the Best Young Player Award and the Best Goalkeeper Award of the year.

The list of 30 candidates for the 2021 Golden Ball award for men. Photo: DM
The list of 30 candidates for the 2021 Golden Ball award for men. Photo: DM

In the list of 30 candidates for the Golden Ball 2021 for men, there are many familiar names such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Jorginho or Neymar... rookie like Nicolo Barella, Phil Foden, Mason Mount or Pedri.

After the list of nominees is available, the election will begin with the participation of journalists, national team head coaches and national team captains around the world. Each person will choose the best 5 names according to their personal opinion.

The 2021 Golden Ball Awards ceremony will be held at the Chatelet Theater (Paris) on November 29. The shortlist of 3 candidates for the Golden Ball will be announced before the awarding date.

In 2020, France Football magazine decided not to award the Ballon d'Or because of the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.

With successes with the national team and club, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho are considered the top candidates for the 2021 Ballon d'Or.

Argentine superstar Messi (PSG) tops the list of candidates with odds up to 8/15 (put 15 to 8). The striker scored 38 goals in 47 appearances for Barca last season. Along with that, El Pulga also has 2 titles including the King's Cup and Copa America.

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) is second with 5/1 odds. The player scored 46 goals in just 38 games to help Bayern win the Bundesliga for the 9th time in a row. Last year, the Polish striker suffered a disadvantage when France Football did not organize the award ceremony because of the epidemic. If held, this award is difficult to escape from Lewy's hands because he has won the Bundesliga, Champions League and National Cup treble with Bayern.

Italian midfielder Jorginho (Chelsea) is third with the odds of 5/1. Next is Kevin De Bruyne of Man City and N'Golo Kante of Chelsea with the same 12/1 ratio.

Ronaldo also had an impressive season when he scored 36 goals in 44 games for the Old Lady, but CR7 was only rated 6th with a ratio of 16/1.

At the most recent awards ceremony in 2019, superstar Lionel Messi won, while the female award belonged to midfielder Megan Rapinoe of the US team.

List of 20 candidates for the Golden Ball Award 2021 for women:

Sam Kerr, Sam Mewis, Vivianne Miedema, Irene Paredes, Stina Blackstenius, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Magdalena Eriksson, Alexia Putellas, Wendie Renard, Pernille Harder, Sandra Panos, Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence, Lieke Martens, Christine Sinclair, Christiane Endler, Fran Kirby, Ellen White, Jennifer Hermoso, Kadidiatou Diani.

The list of 10 candidates for the Best Young Player Award of the year:

Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Pedri, Jeremy Doku, Ryan Gravenberch, Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz, Jude Bellingham, Gio Reyna, Nuno Mendes.

List of 10 best goalkeeper award candidates:

Gianluigi Donnarumma, Ederson, Kasper Schmeichel, Edouard Mendy, Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas, Emiliano Martinez, Manuel Neuer, Jan Oblak, Samir Handanovic.

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