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We may not know who will win the 2021 Ballon d’Or awards, but what’s certain is that there will be plenty of raging debate after the winners are named in a gala held Monday in Paris. 

The speculation is that Lionel Messi will win the award for best men’s player in the world, though Robert Lewandowski is thought to be in with a chance. Alexia Putellas and Vivianne Miedema are believed to be the frontrunners for the women’s award. The best goalkeeper, best men’s Under-21 player and two other awards also will be announced.

Media around the world voted for three of the awards — the men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper — and 32 former Ballon d’Or winners are voting on the best young men’s player. The new awards have not yet been identified by France Football, the French sports weekly which has run the award since 1956.

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Sporting News will be following the Ballon d’Or event and announcements as they happen, providing live updates, the latest rankings and the most interesting reaction throughout the day.

Updated Ballon d’Or final results

Rank Name Position Club National Team
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11. Erling Haaland FW Borussia Dortmund Norway
12. Romelu Lukaku FW Chelsea Belgium
13. Giorgio Chiellini DF Juventus Italy
14. Leonardo Bonucci DF Juventus Italy
15. Raheem Sterling  FW Manchester City England
16. Neymar FW PSG Brazil
17. Luis Suarez FW Atletico Madrid Uruguay
18. Simon Kjaer DF AC Milan Denmark
19. Mason Mount MF Chelsea England
20. Riyad Mahrez FW Manchester City Algeria
t-21. Bruno Fernandes MF Manchester United Portugal
t-21. Lautaro Martinez  FW Inter Milan Argentina
23. Harry Kane FW Tottenham Hotspur England
24. Pedri MF FC Barcelona Spain
25. Phil Foden FW Manchester City England
t-26. Nicolo Barella MF Inter Milan Italy
t-26. Ruben Dias DF Manchester City Portugal
t-26. Gerard Moreno  FW Villarreal Spain
t-29. Cesar Azpilicueta DF Chelsea Spain
t-29. Luka Modric MF Real Madrid Croatia

Ballon d’Or awards — live updates

All times ET

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

12:55 p.m.: If you’re a gala that matters, of course you have a red carpet:

12:52 p.m.: And so here are the players who will finish in the Top 10: Benzema, De Bruyne, Donnarumma, Jorginho, Kante, Lewandowski, Mbappe, Messi, Ronaldo, Salah. Not a bad bunch.

12:51 p.m.: Erling Haaland couldn’t break the Top 10! The media vote placed him at No. 11.

12:47 p.m.: Hmmm. That smile could easily come from someone who was notified that he won the award. And based on a New York Times interview with the France Football chief editor, the winner is in fact notified ahead of time.

12:46 p.m.: They’re coming in fast and furious now. Romelu Lukaku (No. 12) is two spots short of the top 10 after a spectacular 2021.

12:44 p.m.: It’s only right that Giorgio Chiellini would be right there alongside Leonardo Bonucci in the Ballon d’Or standings. They’re inseparable. Chiellini comes in at No. 13.

12:42 p.m.: In addition to coming in at No. 24 in the men’s Ballon d’Or voting, Pedri is also up for the Kopa trophy as top young player. He’s also in Paris:

12:34 p.m.: Another Italian player with the Euro 2021 bump is Leonardo Bonucci. Surprise entry at No. 14.

12:21 p.m.: Next Man City star: Raheem Sterling. Ranked ahead of Mahrez, Foden and Dias at No. 15.

12:16 p.m.: Neymar finished a ways away from the Top 5 with voters placing him No. 16.

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

11:59 a.m.: A surprise finish for AC Milan and Denmark defender Simon Kjaer at No. 18. His 2021 was marked by more than just football.

11:55 a.m.: Another Premier League player in the Top 20: Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who’s just getting started at age 22.

11:34 a.m.: The latest Man City player Riyad Mahrez clocks in at No. 20.

11:31 a.m.: Another tie in the votes between Bruno Fernandes (Man United) and Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) for 21st place.

11:13 a.m.: Harry Kane (Tottenham) has had a quiet start to the 2021-22 season and comes in at No. 23. Interesting to imagine how a summer move could have impacted his place.

10:59 a.m.: Phil Foden is hoping for a big 2022, but he’s in at No. 25 for the 2021 rankings. Also, not bad for a Ballon d’Or debut for Barcelona’s Pedri, who comes in at No. 24.

10:58 a.m.: We got a drop of three players tied for No. 26 in the voting: Ruben Dias (Man City), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) and Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan).

10:36 a.m.: The two players finishing bottom in the men’s Ballon d’Or voting were revealed. It’s two vets: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) and 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric (Real Madrid) are tied for last.

How to watch 2021 Ballon d’Or

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

The 2021 Ballon d’Or winners will be announced at a gala in Paris on Monday, Nov. 29. The event will be streamed live on Paramount+ in the USA. The red carpet coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET.

French sports daily L’Equipe will also carry the live broadcast on its channels (availability based on region).

How does voting for the Ballon d’Or work?

The France Football editorial staff compiles the shortlist of finalists for each award before distributing it to voters with voting closing on Oct. 24.

A panel of 180 journalists around the world was asked to vote (via a secure email system) based on criteria including individual and team performance in 2021, the player’s talent and sportsmanship, and the player’s overall career.

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About 40 to 50 women’s football journalists vote on the women’s Ballon d’Or, while 32 former men’s Ballon d’Or winners vote for the best Under-21 men’s player (Kopa Trophy).

Each voter for the Ballon d’Or (men and women) voted for their top five and each vote carried a points total: 

  • 1st place: 6 points
  • 2nd place: 4 points
  • 3rd place: 3 points
  • 4th place: 2 points
  • 5th place: 1 point

Voters for the Kopa Trophy and Yashin Trophy submitted a top three and that points system works slightly differently: 

  • 1st place: 5 points
  • 2nd place: 3 points
  • 3rd place: 1 point

The voting results will be published in the Dec. 4 edition of weekly publication France Football.

Who are the Ballon d’Or finalists?

There are 30 names for the men’s award, 20 for the women’s Ballon d’Or and 10 each for the Kopa and Yashin trophies.

2021 Ballon d’Or — Men

Name Position Club National Team
Cesar Azpilicueta DF Chelsea Spain
Nicolo Barella MF Inter Milan Italy
Karim Benzema FW Real Madrid France
Leonardo Bonucci DF Juventus Italy
Giorgio Chiellini DF Juventus Italy
Kevin De Bruyne MF Manchester City Belgium
Ruben Dias DF Manchester City Portugal
Gianluigi Donnarumma GK PSG Italy
Bruno Fernandes MF Manchester United Portugal
Phil Foden FW Manchester City England
Erling Haaland FW Borussia Dortmund Norway
Jorginho MF Chelsea Italy
Harry Kane FW Tottenham Hotspur England
N’Golo Kante MF Chelsea France
Simon Kjaer DF AC Milan Denmark
Robert Lewandowski FW Bayern Munich Germany
Romelu Lukaku FW Chelsea Belgium
Riyad Mahrez FW Manchester City Algeria
Lautaro Martinez  FW Inter Milan Argentina
Kylian Mbappe FW PSG France
Lionel Messi FW PSG Argentina
Luka Modric MF Real Madrid Croatia
Gerard Moreno  FW Villarreal Spain
Mason Mount MF Chelsea England
Neymar FW PSG Brazil
Pedri MF FC Barcelona Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo FW Manchester United Portugal
Mohamed Salah FW Liverpool Egypt
Raheem Sterling  FW Manchester City England
Luis Suarez FW Atletico Madrid Uruguay

2021 Ballon d’Or — Women

Name Position Club National Team
Stina Blackstenius FW BK Hacken Sweden
Kadidiatou Diani FW PSG France
Christiane Endler GK Olympique Lyon Chile
Magdalena Eriksson DF Chelsea Sweden
Jessie Fleming MF Chelsea Canada
Pernille Harder FW Chelsea Denmark
Jennifer Hermoso FW FC Barcelona Spain
Marie-Antoinette Katoto FW PSG France
Sam Kerr FW Chelsea Australia
Fran Kirby FW Chelsea England
Ashley Lawrence DF PSG Canada
Lieke Martens MF FC Barcelona Netherlands
Samantha Mewis MF NC Courage USA
Vivianne Miedema FW Arsenal Netherlands
Sandra Panos GK FC Barcelona Spain
Irene Paredes DF FC Barcelona Spain
Alexia Putellas MF FC Barcelona Spain
Wendie Renard DF Olympique Lyon France
Christine Sinclair  FW Portland Thorns Canada
Ellen White FW Manchester City England

2021 Kopa Trophy finalists

Name Position Club National Team
Jude Bellingham MF Borussia Dortmund England
Jeremy Doku FW Rennes Belgium
Ryan Gravenberch MF Ajax Netherlands
Mason Greenwood FW Manchester United England
Nuno Mendes DF PSG Portugal
Jamal Musiala MF Bayern Munich Germany
Pedri MF FC Barcelona Spain
Giovanni Reyna MF Borussia Dortmund USA
Bukayo Saka FW Arsenal England
Florian Wirtz MF Bayer Leverkusen Germany

2021 Yashin Trophy finalists

Name Position Club National Team
Thibaut Courtois GK Real Madrid Belgium
Gianluigi Donnarumma GK PSG Italy
Ederson GK Manchester City Brazil
Samir Handanovic GK Inter Milan Slovenia
Emiliano Martínez GK Aston Villa Argentina
Edouard Mendy GK Chelsea Senegal
Keylor Navas GK PSG Costa Rica
Manuel Neuer GK  Bayern Munich Germany
Jan Oblak GK Atletico Madrid Slovenia
Kasper Schmeichel GK Leicester City Denmark



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