Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain ahead Lionel Messi received the 2021 Ballon d’Or, his record-extending seventh Participant of the Yr award in his profession (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019). He beat out Bayern Munich and Poland ahead Robert Lewandowski, who was the opposite prime contender for this 12 months’s honor. The ultimate factors margin was tight: 613-580.

Messi received the final Ballon d’Or award introduced in 2019. The 2020 version was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however Lewandowski was broadly believed to be the possible winner earlier than it was controversially scratched.

FC Barcelona star attacking midfielder Alexia Putellas received the ladies’s Ballon d’Or award, PSG goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma was voted one of the best males’s goalkeeper on this planet, and one other Barcelona participant, 19-year-old Pedri, was named one of the best males’s Below-21 participant on this planet.

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Robert Lewandowski was named the inaugural Striker of the Yr as the highest scorer for each membership and nation, whereas European champion Chelsea FC took house the Membership of the Yr with essentially the most candidates for the males’s Ballon d’Or award (tied with Manchester Metropolis at 5 gamers). The Blues’ girls’s group additionally received England’s WSL and made the ultimate of the UEFA Champions League.

Media all over the world voted for 3 of the awards — the boys’s and ladies’s Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy for finest goalkeeper — and 32 former Ballon d’Or winners voted on one of the best younger males’s participant. Two new awards, Striker of the Yr and Membership of the Yr, have been launched for the primary time by France Soccer, the French sports activities month-to-month which has run the Ballon d’Or awards since 1956.

2021 Ballon d’Or last outcomes — Males

Rank Title Factors Place Membership Nationwide Group
1. Lionel Messi 613 FW PSG Argentina
2. Robert Lewandowski 580 FW Bayern Munich Poland
3. Jorginho 460 MF Chelsea Italy
4. Karim Benzema 239 FW Actual Madrid France
5. N’Golo Kante 186 MF Chelsea France
6. Cristiano Ronaldo 178 FW Manchester United Portugal
7. Mohamed Salah 121 FW Liverpool Egypt
8. Kevin De Bruyne 73 MF Manchester Metropolis Belgium
9. Kylian Mbappe 58 FW PSG France
10. Gianluigi Donnarumma 36 GK PSG Italy
11. Erling Haaland 33 FW Borussia Dortmund Norway
12. Romelu Lukaku 26 FW Chelsea Belgium
13. Giorgio Chiellini 26 DF Juventus Italy
14. Leonardo Bonucci 18 DF Juventus Italy
15. Raheem Sterling  10 FW Manchester Metropolis England
16. Neymar 9 FW PSG Brazil
17. Luis Suarez 8 FW Atletico Madrid Uruguay
18. Simon Kjaer 8 DF AC Milan Denmark
19. Mason Mount 7 MF Chelsea England
20. Riyad Mahrez 7 FW Manchester Metropolis Algeria
t-21. Bruno Fernandes 6 MF Manchester United Portugal
t-21. Lautaro Martinez  6 FW Inter Milan Argentina
23. Harry Kane 4 FW Tottenham Hotspur England
24. Pedri 3 MF FC Barcelona Spain
25. Phil Foden 2 FW Manchester Metropolis England
t-26. Nicolo Barella 1 MF Inter Milan Italy
t-26. Ruben Dias 1 DF Manchester Metropolis Portugal
t-26. Gerard Moreno  1 FW Villarreal Spain
t-29. Cesar Azpilicueta 0 DF Chelsea Spain
t-29. Luka Modric 0 MF Actual Madrid Croatia

2021 Ballon d’Or last outcomes — Girls

Rank Title Factors Place Membership Nationwide Group
1. Alexia Putellas 186 MF FC Barcelona Spain
2. Jennifer Hermoso 84 FW FC Barcelona Spain
3. Sam Kerr 46 FW Chelsea Australia
4. Vivianne Miedema 46 FW Arsenal Netherlands
5. Lieke Martens 40 MF FC Barcelona Netherlands
6. Christine Sinclair  36 FW Portland Thorns Canada
7. Pernille Tougher 33 FW Chelsea Denmark
8. Ashley Lawrence 26 DF PSG Canada
9. Jessie Fleming 25 MF Chelsea Canada
10. Fran Kirby 22 FW Chelsea England
11. Magdalena Eriksson 20 DF Chelsea Sweden
12. Christiane Endler 19 GK Olympique Lyon Chile
13. Stina Blackstenius 10 FW BK Hacken Sweden
14. Samantha Mewis 8 MF NC Braveness USA
15. Irene Paredes 8 DF FC Barcelona Spain
16. Ellen White 4 FW Manchester Metropolis England
17. Kadidiatou Diani 3 FW PSG France
18. Marie-Antoinette Katoto 3 FW PSG France
19. Sandra Panos 3 GK FC Barcelona Spain
20. Wendie Renard 2 DF Olympique Lyon France

2021 Kopa Trophy last outcomes (Greatest U21 participant)

Rank Title Factors Place Membership Nationwide Group
1. Pedri 89 MF FC Barcelona Spain
2. Jude Bellingham 39 MF Borussia Dortmund England
3. Jamal Musiala 38 MF Bayern Munich Germany
4. Nuno Mendes 23 DF PSG Portugal
5. Mason Greenwood 15 FW Manchester United England
6. Bukayo Saka 8 FW Arsenal England
7. Florian Wirtz 8 MF Bayer Leverkusen Germany
8. Ryan Gravenberch 3 MF Ajax Netherlands
9. Jeremy Doku 1 FW Rennes Belgium
10. Giovanni Reyna 1 MF Borussia Dortmund USA

2021 Yashin Trophy last outcomes

Rank Title Place Membership Nationwide Group
1. Gianluigi Donnarumma GK PSG Italy
2. Edouard Mendy GK Chelsea Senegal
3. Jan Oblak GK Atletico Madrid Slovenia
4. Ederson GK Manchester Metropolis Brazil
5. Manuel Neuer GK  Bayern Munich Germany
6. Emiliano Martínez GK Aston Villa Argentina
7. Kasper Schmeichel GK Leicester Metropolis Denmark
8. Thibaut Courtois GK Actual Madrid Belgium
9. Keylor Navas GK PSG Costa Rica
10. Samir Handanovic GK Inter Milan Slovenia

Ballon d’Or awards — stay updates

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4:07 p.m.:  They lit up the Eiffel Tower for Messi. After seven Ballon d’Or awards, why not? His face was projected on the Palais de Chaillot.

4:00 p.m.:  Cool that Messi went out of his approach in his speech to inform Robert Lewandowski that he ought to’ve received it final 12 months and that France Soccer ought to give him a Ballon d’Or for his trophy case.

3:55 p.m.:  And we’ve the winner: It is Lionel Messi at No. 1, with Robert Lewandowski coming in at No. 2. That is a record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or for Messi.

3:48 p.m.:  Chelsea was named Membership of the Yr, a brand new award given to the group with essentially the most candidates for the Ballon d’Or.

3:46 p.m.:  Now we have the No. 3-5 finishers within the males’s Ballon d’Or: N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Jorginho.

3:30 p.m.:  The Yashin trophy award is up subsequent for the highest goalkeeper: It goes to Gigi Donnarumma of PSG and Italy. He was the star in Italy’s run to the Euro 2021 title.

3:27 p.m.:  Didier Drogba personally takes a second to acknowledge Denmark captain Simon Kjaer for his heroic acts in serving to to avoid wasting his teammate Christian Eriksen after he suffered cardiac arrest at Euro 2021:

3:25 p.m.: The following three gamers within the males’s Ballon d’Or have been named: Kevin De Bruyne (No. 8), Mo Salah (No. 7) and Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 6).

3:18 p.m.: FC Barcelona attacking midfielder Alexia Putellas wins the third-ever girls’s Ballon d’Or.

3:16 p.m.: Kylian Mbappe will likely be presenting the ladies’s Ballon d’Or subsequent.

3:06 p.m.: The No. 9 and No. 10 gamers within the males’s Ballon d’Or rating are revealed — PSG teammates Kylian Mbappe and Gigi Donnarumma.

Kylian Mbappé’s historic Ballon D’Or Rankings (High 10):

2017: seventh
2018: 4th
2019: sixth
2021: ninth

— Get French Soccer Information (@GFFN) November 29, 2021

2:59 p.m.: One of many two new awards on this version, Striker of the Yr, goes to Robert Lewandowski. It is given to the participant who scored essentially the most targets for membership and nation mixed. Is that this a comfort award for Lewa? Keep in mind, he was deemed the favourite for final 12 months’s Ballon d’Or award, earlier than it was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2:51 p.m.: Now there is a video tribute within the theater for soccer legends Diego Maradona and Gerd Muller, who handed away within the final 12 months (Nov. 25, 2020 and Aug. 15, 2021, respectively).

2:45 p.m.: Pedri wins the Kopa award. He additionally completed No. 24 within the Ballon d’Or voting. He calls this one of the best ways to rejoice his nineteenth birthday which occurred only a few days in the past on Nov. 25. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) and Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich) end behind the Barcelona star within the voting.

2:45 p.m.: The Kopa award for finest males’s Below-21 participant is about to be unveiled by Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro. Solely former Ballon d’Or winners voted for one of the best younger participant award.

2:39 p.m.: The 2 new awards this 12 months are going to be Striker of the Yr and Membership of the Yr:

2:39 p.m.: Formulation 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon ship the 2 Ballon d’Or trophies (for women and men) to the theater.

2:30 p.m.: The present is underway in Paris. Legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert are the hosts.

2:20 p.m.: Celebrities Zendaya and Tom Holland are additionally on the occasion:

2:12 p.m.: And now it is Lionel Messi and his household arriving on the pink carpet. Messi and his boys in an identical sparkling-jacket apparel:

2:05 p.m.: It is little question a brief trek for PSG star Kylian Mbappe, who’s strolling the pink carpet:

1:49 p.m.: It is Robert Lewandowski’s arrival on the Théâtre du Châtelet:

1:06 p.m.: What is occurring in Paris:

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The trophees are prepared! Observe our journey by Paris to Théâtre du Châtelet… and open your eyes, you may see one thing 👀 #ballondor

— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@francefootball) November 29, 2021

12:55 p.m.: For those who’re a gala that issues, in fact you might have a pink carpet:

12:52 p.m.: And so listed here are the gamers who will end within the High 10: Benzema, De Bruyne, Donnarumma, Jorginho, Kante, Lewandowski, Mbappe, Messi, Ronaldo, Salah. Not a foul bunch.

12:51 p.m.: Erling Haaland could not break the High 10! The media vote positioned him at No. 11.

12:47 p.m.: Hmmm. That smile may simply come from somebody who was notified that he received the Ballon d’Or. And based mostly on a New York Occasions interview with the France Soccer chief editor, the winner is actually notified forward of time.

12:46 p.m.: They’re coming in quick and livid now. Romelu Lukaku (No. 12) is 2 spots in need of the highest 10 after a spectacular 2021.

12:44 p.m.: It is solely proper that Giorgio Chiellini can be proper there alongside Leonardo Bonucci within the Ballon d’Or standings. They’re inseparable. Chiellini is available in at No. 13.

12:42 p.m.: Along with coming in at No. 24 within the males’s Ballon d’Or voting, Pedri can also be up for the Kopa trophy as prime younger participant. He is additionally in Paris:

12:34 p.m.: One other Italian participant benefiting from a Euro 2021 bump is Leonardo Bonucci. Shock entry at No. 14.

12:21 p.m.: Subsequent Man Metropolis star named: Raheem Sterling. Ranked forward of Mahrez, Foden and Dias at No. 15.

12:16 p.m.: Neymar completed a methods away from the High 5 with voters inserting him No. 16.

12:04 p.m.: Atletico Madrid and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is introduced at No. 17. He was considered one of Atletico’s most vital gamers in its run to the La Liga title.

11:59 a.m.: A shock end for AC Milan and Denmark defender Simon Kjaer at No. 18. His 2021 was marked by extra than simply soccer.

11:55 a.m.: One other Premier League participant within the High 20: Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who’s simply getting began at age 22.

11:34 a.m.: The newest Man Metropolis participant, Riyad Mahrez, clocks in at No. 20.

11:31 a.m.: One other tie within the votes for Bruno Fernandes (Man United) and Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) for twenty first place.

11:13 a.m.: Harry Kane (Tottenham) has had a quiet begin to the 2021-22 season and is available in at No. 23. Attention-grabbing to think about how a summer time transfer may have impacted his last place.

10:59 a.m.: Phil Foden is hoping for an enormous 2022, however he is in at No. 25 for the 2021 rankings. Additionally, not dangerous for a Ballon d’Or debut for Barcelona’s Pedri, who is available in at No. 24.

10:58 a.m.: We received a drop of three gamers tied for No. 26 within the voting: Ruben Dias (Man Metropolis), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) and Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan).

10:36 a.m.: The 2 gamers ending backside within the males’s Ballon d’Or voting have been revealed. It is two vets: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) and 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric (Actual Madrid) are tied for final.

How does voting for the Ballon d’Or work?

The France Soccer editorial workers compiles the shortlist of finalists for every award earlier than distributing it to voters with voting closing on Oct. 24. There have been 30 names for the boys’s award, 20 for the ladies’s Ballon d’Or and 10 every for the Kopa and Yashin trophies.

A panel of 180 journalists all over the world was requested to vote (through a safe electronic mail system) based mostly on standards together with particular person and group efficiency in 2021, the participant’s expertise and sportsmanship, and the participant’s total profession.

About 40 to 50 girls’s soccer journalists vote on the ladies’s Ballon d’Or, whereas 32 former males’s Ballon d’Or winners vote for one of the best Below-21 males’s participant (Kopa Trophy).

Every voter for the Ballon d’Or (women and men) voted for his or her prime 5, and every vote carried a factors complete: 

  • 1st place: 6 factors
  • 2nd place: 4 factors
  • third place: 3 factors
  • 4th place: 2 factors
  • fifth place: 1 level

Voters for the Kopa Trophy and Yashin Trophy submitted a prime three, and that factors system works barely in a different way: 

  • 1st place: 5 factors
  • 2nd place: 3 factors
  • third place: 1 level

The voting outcomes (by voter) will likely be printed within the Dec. 4 version of weekly publication France Soccer.

watch 2021 Ballon d’Or

  • Date: Monday, Nov. 29
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. ET (pink carpet at 1 p.m. ET)
  • TV channel: None
  • Streaming: Paramount+, L’Equipe

The 2021 Ballon d’Or winners will likely be introduced at a gala in Paris on Monday, Nov. 29. The occasion will likely be streamed stay on Paramount+ within the USA. The pink carpet protection begins at 1 p.m. ET.

French sports activities each day L’Equipe may even carry the stay broadcast on its channels  (availability based mostly on area).

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