Messi and Ronaldo head the Golden Ball list.. Salah and Mahrez are among the 30

The French magazine France Football included the name of the Italian and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho in the list of the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award for the best player for the year 2021, along with Argentine Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez. Jorginho played an important role in leading Chelsea to win the Champions League for the second time in its history, and then contributed to the successful journey of the Italian team in the European Cup, which it won this summer at the expense of England. In the absence of Messi, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain, and Ronaldo, who returned to his former team, Manchester United, from the podium last year with their former teams Barcelona, ​​Spain and Juventus, Italy, respectively, except for winning the local cup competition, the door to compete for the prestigious award seems wide open. . The list of thirty included Jorginho’s teammate in Chelsea, French international midfielder N’Golo Kante, in addition to the Norwegian top scorer for Borussia Dortmund, Erling Haaland, Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe and his compatriot in Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, who helped lead Inter to the Italian League title for the time. The first since 2010 before he left this summer to return to Chelsea. The list of 30 candidates also included the two Arab stars, Salah and Mahrez, who starred with their English teams, Liverpool and Manchester City, especially the Algerian, who contributed to leading his team to the Premier League title and the Champions League final. With the announcement of the list of the 30 candidates, the voting phase now begins in which journalists, coaches and captains of the national teams will choose the five best candidates for them. Following the announcement of the shortlist of candidates, the winner will be announced on November 29. The award was canceled last year due to the repercussions of the Corona virus, so that the title remains in the possession of Messi, the record holder with six titles, who decided to take a new adventure this season by leaving Barcelona to defend the colors of Saint-Germain, similar to his rival Ronaldo, the five-time winner who decided to leave Juventus to return to Manchester United

Leave a Reply