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Ballon d’Or 2021: Full List Of 30 Nominees



Jorginho of Chelsea, Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain, and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich are among the men’s Ballon d’Or nominees.

Messi won the 2019 Ballon d’Or for the sixth time in a row.

When Argentina won Copa America in 2021, the forward won his first major international title.

Jorginho, an Italian midfielder, helped Chelsea win the Champions League last season before leading his country to victory at Euro 2020 in the summer.

Lewandowski, a Pole, won the 2020-21 European Golden Shoe after scoring 41 Bundesliga goals to help Bayern Munich win the German league title last season.

The 30-man shortlist for 2021 includes 14 Premier League players and five members of Italy’s European Championship-winning squad.

The Ballon d’Or is an annual award given by France Football to the world’s best footballer.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the prize was not awarded in 2020 for the first time since 1956.

The winner will be announced on November 29 at Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet.

England’s Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), and Bakayo Saka (Arsenal) are among the ten nominees for the Kopa Trophy, which recognizes players under the age of 21.

The Yashin Trophy is awarded to the best goalkeeper in the world, and four Premier League players are on the 10-man shortlist: Chelsea and Senegal’s Edouard Mendy, Manchester City’s Brazilian Ederson, Leicester City’s Danish Kasper Schmeichel, and Aston Villa’s Argentine Emiliano Martinez.

Ballon d’Or nominees

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea, Spain)

Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan, Italy)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, Italy)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy)

Ruben Dias (Manchester City, Portugal)

Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG, Italy)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, Portugal)

Phil Foden (Manchester City, England)

Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Norway)

Jorginho (Chelsea, Italy)

Harry Kane (Tottenham, England)

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France)

Simon Kjaer (AC Milan, Denmark)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland)

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Belgium)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, Algeria)

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan, Argentina)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France)

Lionel Messi (PSG, Argentina)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal, Spain)

Mason Mount (Chelsea, England)

Neymar (PSG, Brazil)

Pedri (Barcelona, Spain)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, England)

Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)

What is the Ballon d’Or?

France Football has been awarded the Ballon d’Or every year since 1956, with England’s Stanley Matthews being the first winner.

It was only open to European players until 1995 when it was expanded to include any player at a European club. It became accessible to the rest of the world in 2007.

The French magazine’s editorial staff compiles the 30-man list of nominees, with the winner chosen by journalists from around the world, with one representative from each nation.

It merged with Fifa’s awards from 2010 to 2015, but they split and the world governing body established its own awards again in 2016.

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13 goals before 19 years old! Ansu Fati betters Messi’s stats



Ansu Fati has not stopped breaking records since his emergence, both with Barcelona and with the Spanish national team, with numbers that better those of Leo Messi when he entered the professional scene.

Against Valencia he achieved another feat, becoming the Barcelona player with the most goals before the age of 19, with 13 strikes.

He is followed by Bojan Krkic, with 12, and Leo Messi, with seven. The young attacker managed seven goals in his debut season and four in the last campaign, of which he missed the majority due to injury.

His numbers are right up there with those of Messi as, at 18 years and 351 days old, Ansu has 15 goals for Barcelona while the Argentine, at the same age, had eight goals.

Ronald Koeman took Ansu off on 59 minutes due to his recent return to injury, but also because the Clasico is coming up this weekend and the teenager is already a pivotal player.

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Jurgen Klopp: Salah better than Ronaldo and Lionel Messi



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says, on current form, Mohamed Salah is the best player in the world after the Egyptian shone in the 5-0 win over Watford.

After scoring one of the most memorable goals of recent years in the draw with Manchester City two weeks ago, Salah was at it again at Vicarage Road, scoring a breathtaking effort and setting up two other goals in the 5-0 win over Watford.

It was Salah’s 10th goal of the season – he has scored in Liverpool’s last eight games.

Klopp was in no mood for dampening down the praise afforded to Salah, calling him the best player in the world.

He told BT Sport: “His performance was massive today. The pass for the first goal was great and the second goal was special. He is top. We all see it. Who is better than him? We don’t have to talk about what Messi and Ronaldo have done for world football and their dominance. But right now, he is the best.”

When asked for his assessment of the overall performance, Klopp added: “It was good! I cannot say differently. After international break, it is hard to find the rhythm after playing different systems, but the boys were so good despite only having one session before today. I think Watford had ideas, but we didn’t let them play. The goals were really brilliant, there was great attitude, energy and character.”

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Leicester 4-2 Man Utd: Foxes stifle Red Devils’ desperate hope for an EPL win



Manchester United’s 29-game unbeaten away run ended in dramatic fashion as Leicester triumphed 4-2 in a six-goal thriller at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Mason Greenwood slammed the visitors into the lead after a clever one-two with Bruno Fernandes, before Foxes midfielder Youri Tielemans found the top corner from the edge of the box to level just after the half-hour.

The game exploded late on, when Caglar Soyuncu, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy netted in the space of six minutes to swing the game decisively in Leicester’s favour.

The result leaves United behind fourth-placed Brighton and outside the Champions League spots, with Brendan Rodgers’ side moving up to 11th.

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