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Ballon d'Or 2021: Nominations, History and Importance

02:12 PM Oct 09, 2021 IST | Ground report
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Nominations for Annual football award Ballon d’Or has been announced. 30 Man Shortlisted for this prestigious football award. The Ballon d’Or 2021 awards will be held at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris on 29 November. We will see some of the top footballers battle it out to lay their hands on the prestigious award.

What is Ballon d’Or award?

  • Ballon d’Or stands for Golden Ball. This is an annual football award. France football Magazine present this award every year. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious individual award for football players.
  • This award came into existence in the year 1956. Stanley Matthews of Blackpool was the first footballer to win this award.
  • Earlier it was only awarded to Europian players but in year 2007 it was extended to all the continents.
  • Lionel Messi won this award six times and Cristiano Ronaldo has won this 5 times.

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Ballon d’Or 2021 Nominations



  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)



  • Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
  • Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
  • Simon Kjær (AC Milan)
  • Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
  • Ruben Dias (Manchester City)



  • N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
  • Mason Mount (Chelsea)
  • Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)
  • Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
  • Pedri (Barcelona)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
  • Jorginho (Chelsea)
  • Phil Foden (Manchester City)


  • Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
  • Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Harry Kane (Tottenham)
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
  • Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
  • Lionel Messi (PSG)
  • Neymar (PSG)
  • Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
  • Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)
  • Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

Ballon d’Or Feminin

France Football have announced 20 nominees for the Ballon d’Or Feminin award. US star Megan Rapinoe missed out on the nominations this time around with Sam Mewis making the cut as the only American on the list.

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