The attention of the fans of the round witch will turn, on Monday evening, to the French capital, Paris, to follow the ceremony of the Ballon d’Or for the year 2021, during which the player crowned with the title for the year in course will be revealed.
The Ballon d’Or award ceremony will begin at 10:30 pm Mecca time at the Théâtre du Chatelet.
Most of the speculation points to the Argentine star Lionel Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain striker, who won the Ballon d’Or award, which is awarded annually by the magazine “France Football” to the best player in the world, despite the brilliance of other players, in particularly the Polish star Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich’s top scorer.
List of 30 candidates:
France Football announced in earlier that 30 players had been chosen to compete for the Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world for the year 2021 and the voting began among the journalists of the French magazine on 9 October.
And the famous French magazine has published, as usual in recent years, the names of the 30 candidates in 6 lots, each lot comprising 5 names, and presented in the following form.
The first batch:
Algerian Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), French N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Norwegian Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Italian Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), English Mason Mount (Chelsea).
The second episode:
The English Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), the French Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), the Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), the English Raheem Sitterling (Manchester City) and the Italian Nicolo Parilla (Inter).
The Argentine Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), the Portuguese Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), the Spanish Pedri (Barcelona), the Croatian Luka Modric (Real Madrid) and the Italian Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).
The Belgian Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), the Brazilian Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), the Portuguese Ruben Diaz (Manchester City), the Argentine Lautaro Martinez (Inter) and the Dane Simon Kjaer (AC Milan).
The Polish Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), the Italian Georgino (Chelsea), the Egyptian Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), the Spanish Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) and the Belgian Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea).
The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), the Spanish Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), the English Phil Foden (Manchester City), the French Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) and the Uruguayan Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid).
How to choose the winner of the “Golden Ball 2021”
The winner of the Ballon d’Or is chosen by voting from among 170 journalists of the French magazine “France Football”.
Each journalist of the French magazine chooses 5 candidates among the 30 to win the Ballon d’Or, in so that the first gets 6 points, the second 4 points, the third 3 points, the fourth two points and the fifth one point.
Place and date of the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony
The Ballon d’Or award ceremony will take place on Monday 29 November at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, the same theater that hosted the ceremony in 2019.
This will be the first time that the ceremony will take place since the outbreak of the emerging Corona Virus “Covid-19” pandemic, which caused the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the award.
The latest winner of the award was Lionel Messi in 2019, to win the Ballon d’Or with six balls, and to break the partnership with the traditional rival, the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United forward, who won the award five times .
Here is the list of the winners of the Ballon d’Or:
2019: Lionel Messi
2018: Croatian Luka Modric
2017: Cristiano Ronaldo
2016: Cristiano Ronaldo
2015: Lionel Messi
2014: Cristiano Ronaldo
2013: Cristiano Ronaldo
2012: Lionel Messi
2011: Lionel Messi
2010: Lionel Messi
2009: Lionel Messi
2008: Cristiano Ronaldo
2007: the Brazilian Ricardo Kaká
2006: Fabio Cannavaro, Italy
2005: Brazilian Ronaldinho
2004: Ukrainian Andrey Shevchenko
2003: the Czech Pavel Nedved
2002: Brazilian Ronaldo
2001: English Michael Owen
2000: Luis Figo, Portugal
1999: Brazilian Rivaldo
1998: the French Zinedine Zidane
1997: Brazilian Ronaldo
1996: Matthias Sammer, Germany
1995: the Liberian George Weah
1994: Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian
1993: the Italian Roberto Baggio
1992: the Dutch Marco van Basten
1991: Jean-Pierre Papin, French
1990: German Lothar Matthaus
1989: the Dutch Marco van Basten
1988: the Dutch Marco van Basten
1987: the Dutchman Ruud Gullit
1986: Soviet Igor Bilanov
1985: the French Michel Platini
1984: the French Michel Platini
1983: the French Michel Platini
1982: the Italian Paolo Rossi
1981: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Germany
1980: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Germany
1979: Kevin Keegan of England
1978: Kevin Keegan of England
1977: Allen Simonsen of Denmark
1976: the German Franz Beckenbauer
1975: Soviet Oleg Blokhin
1974: Johan Cruyff, Dutch
1973: the Dutch Johan Cruyff
1972: the German Franz Beckenbauer
1971: Johan Cruyff, Dutch
1970: Gerd Muller, Germany
1969: the Italian Gianni Rivera
1968: Welsh George Best
1967: Florian Albert from Hungary
1966: Bobby Charlton, England
1965: Eusebio from Portugal
1964: Dennis Lowe from Scotland
1963: Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin
1962: the Czechoslovakian Joseph Masopust
1961: Italian-Argentine Omar Sivori
1960: Luis Suarez, Spain
1959: Alfredo Di Stefano of Spain
1958: Frenchman Raymond Cuba
1957: Alfredo Di Stefano of Spain
1956: Stanley Matthews, English.
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