Messi, Cristiano, Haaland and Kanté, among the nominees

France Football revealed the footballers nominated for Ballon d’Or 2021 with Argentine Lionel Messi and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo topping the list. The ‘Flea’ of PSG and El ‘Bicho’ of Manchester United are accompanied by players like Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Erling Haaland y N’Golo Kanté.

Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), the French Ngolo Kanté (Chelsea), the Italian Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus of Turin), the English Mason Mount (Chelsea) and the Algerian Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) were the first five candidates to the Golden Ball awake this Friday.

The first list of five featured two Champions League winners, Kanté and Mount, the competition’s top scorer, Haaland, a runner-up, Mahrez, and a European national team champion, Bonucci.

Magazine France Football he communicated the suitors to the prestigious award in batches of five.

The Golden Ball It will be delivered on November 29, when the replacement of Argentine Lionel Messi, the last to win it, will be known in 2019, since in 2020 it was suspended due to the pandemic.

French Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is on the list. Benzema is part of the second round of five candidates, along with England’s Harry Kane, from Tottenham, and Raheem Sterling, from Chelsea, both finalists of the Eurocup and the second winner of the Champions League.

The name of the Italian meta of the Paris Saint-Germain Gianluiggi Donnarumma, European champion with Italy and best player in the competition, who is among the candidates for the Yashin trophy, which designates the best goalkeeper of the year.

His compatriot Niloco Barella, European champion of nations and of the Italian league with Juventus, completes the list of five new candidates.

The Spanish of Barcelona Pedri appeared again, while competing for the Kopa trophy, which designates the best under-21. In the third batch of candidates is also the Argentine from Paris Saint-Germain Lionel Messi, who has won it six times, including the last one in 2019, since in 2020 he did not surrender due to the pandemic. The former Barcelona player won the last Copa América.

Pedri, 18, was voted best young man of the past Eurocup.

They complete another list of five the Italian Chiellini, European champion of nations, the Croatian of Real Madrid Luka Modric, who won it in 2018, and Manchester United’s Portuguese Bruno Fernandes.

Nominated so far for the 2021 Ballon d’Or:

  • Ryad Mahrez

  • Leonardo Bonucci

  • Mason Mount

  • N’Golo Kanté

  • Erling Haaland

  • Harry Kane

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma

  • Karim Benzema

  • Raheem Sterling

  • Nicolò Barella

  • Lionel Messi

  • Bruno Fernandes

  • Pedri

  • Luka Modric

  • Giorgio Chiellini

  • Kevin De Bruyne

  • Neymar

  • Reuben Dias

  • Lautaro Martinez

  • Simon kjaer

  • Robert Lewandowski

  • Jorginho

  • Mohamed Salah

  • César Azpilicueta

  • Romelu Lukaku

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Gerard Moreno

  • Phil Foden

  • Kylian Mbappé

  • Luis Suarez

Nominated for the Ballon d’Or 2021

In the women’s branch, the names of Jennifer Hermoso and Lieke Martens from Barcelona as well as Kadidiatou Diani from PSG and Ellen White from Manchester City stand out. It should be noted that the American Megan Rapinoe was not included among the nominees.

  • Pernille Harder

  • Samantha Mewis

  • Wendie Renard

  • Marie-Antoinette Katoto

  • Stina Blackstenius

  • Magdalena Eriksson

  • Sam Kerr

  • Alexia putellas

  • Kadidiatou Diani

  • Fran Kirby

  • Jennifer Hermoso

  • Christiane Endler

  • Christine Sinclair

  • Ashley Lawrence

  • Irene Paredes

  • Jessie Fleming

  • Lieke Martens

  • Sandra Panos

  • Viviane Miedema

  • Ellen White

Yachine Trophy Nominees

On the best goalkeepers of 2021, the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma heads the list of nominees after being an important part in the Eurocup that the ‘Azurra’ conquered.

Nominees for the Kopa Trophy

Similarly, France Football revealed the nominees for the Kopa Trophy, an award that recognizes the best footballer under 21 years of age. In this list, the presence of the American Giovanni Reyna stands out as well as Pedri, one of the main favorites to win the award after his good performances with Barcelona and the Spanish National Team.

Jamal Musiala

Florian Wirtz

Jude Bellingham

Giovanni Reyna

Nuno mendes

Mason Greenwood

Bukayo Saka


Jérémy Doku

Ryan Gravenberch