Learn about the most prominent candidates for the Ballon d’Or
With the end of the football season 2020-2021 with all its events and titles, the discussion begins in earnest about the most prominent candidates to achieve the Golden Ball award, for the best player of the year.
At the end of all tournaments for the season, the award will depend largely on the individual achievements of the world’s stars during the season, and the achievements they achieved with their teams.
Thus, the discussion is confined more and more to 5 stars, who are the most prominent candidates for achieving the Golden Ball, which France Football magazine gives to the best player in 2021, at the end of the year.
The most prominent candidate now for the Ballon d’Or is Argentine star Lionel Messi, nicknamed “The Flea”, who became the leading name, after winning the Copa America with the Argentina national team.
Messi’s chances of achieving the seventh Ballon d’Or, his excellent season with Barcelona, will help Messi top the league’s top scorer list with 28 goals.
King of Achievements
Messi’s strongest competitor for the Ballon d’Or is Italian midfielder Jorginho, who won the two most important titles in 2021, the Champions League with his English club Chelsea, and the European Cup with his country.
Jorginho is considered the only player in Europe who succeeded in achieving the two major titles, and was an important element for both teams in achieving the two titles.
The third candidate for the Ballon d’Or is French midfielder N’Golo Kante, who was the first candidate for the award before the start of the European Championship, but his country’s exit from the round of 16 in a strange way against Switzerland diminished his chances of achieving the award.
Kanté had a great season with Chelsea, and he was the most prominent star in the European Champions League, and all he was missing was the brilliance of the French national team in “Euro 2020”, but this was not achieved.
The fourth candidate is Poland’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has broken all goal records this season, scoring 41 goals in the Bundesliga, the highest scoring rate in league history, and across Europe during the season.
But Lewandowski failed to lead his club Bayern Munich to repeat the Champions League achievement, and he also suffered with his country, Poland during Euro 2020, despite his brilliance personally and scoring 3 goals in 3 matches.
The debate about “Ballon d’Or” is not complete without mentioning the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award 5 times.
Bookmakers put Ronaldo in third place to achieve the award, after he achieved the title of top scorer in the Italian league for the first time during his time at Juventus, as well as after achieving the title of top scorer in the European Cup, despite his country’s exit from the round of 16.