After the 30-man shortlist was disclosed not long ago, the battle for the 2021 Ballon d'Or has started. The countdown will come to a conclusion on 29th November in Paris, France, when the award ceremony will take place.
After years of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, except from a blip in 2018 when Luka Modric won the award, there are other candidates this year who are deserving of the title.
Here are the top 5 contenders for the 2021 ballon door:
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid stands out as one of the year's favourites, having placed his club on his back and maintained his excellent form when Cristiano Ronaldo left the Santiago Bernabeu.
After his remarkable goal for France against Spain in the Nations League final on Sunday, October 10, when he equalized before Kylian Mbappe won the match, the 33-year-old is currently on everyone's mind.
Benzema has an opportunity to become the first French player to win the award since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.
Lionel Messi, the man who has won the trophy the most times, with a total of six, is also the current holder of the trophy.
Despite Barcelona's lack of finances at the moment, the club that Messi departed in the summer, the Argentine added the Copa del Rey and the Pichichi Trophy to his collection in 2021. Over the summer, he and Argentina won the Copa America.
Even at 34 years old, there are no questioning this man's qualities, hence he is always a contender.
Many consider Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to be a worthy winner of the 2020 Ballon d'Or.
Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 epidemic, the award was cancelled that year, and no one won, but the Poland international will undoubtedly want to take home the trophy once and for all.
Lewandowski is one of the most in-form attackers in the world right now, scoring 48 goals in 40 games last season, including 41 in 29 league games, and is one of the favourites to win the Golden Boot.
Jorginho of Chelsea and Italy is the only midfielder nominated for the prize, which is unusual in this day and age, but his 2021 has been more successful than anybody else's.
Jorginho won Euro 2020 with Italy just a few months after winning the Champions League with Chelsea, and he now leads the Premier League with the Blues.
Jorginho is the man to watch this year, having previously won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year title, despite many people picking him as a favourite.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
This is a player who can never be counted out of a contest. Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently returned to Manchester United and has already scored five goals in his first six games, is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 36.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, who has already won five Ballon d'Or honours, the first of which he received 13 years ago in 2008, is unstoppable.
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