Ballon d’Or 2021 Ranking: The top 5 favourites

The race for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award is heating up. With all the major domestic leagues and European competitions like the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League coming to an end, the focus will now shift to Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021. (if the tournament goes ahead)

Regular suspects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi feature on this list, but they are not the top favorites to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Some stupendous individual displays by various players around the world could see the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or award broken this year.

Ballon d’Or 2021 could be decided on fine margins

With many players having stunning individual campaigns, the Ballon d’Or award could be decided on fine margins. Performances over the next few months could decide who walks away with the prestigious individual prize.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at 5 favorites to win the Ballon d’Or in 2021


#5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal)

Spain v Portugal - International Friendly Argentina v Chile - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
Spain v Portugal – International Friendly Argentina v Chile – FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier

Cristiano Ronaldo might be at number 5 right now, but after a month of Euro 2020 action, he could well be much higher on the list. The Juventus superstar had another stunning individual season, but could not inspire the Old Lady to a league title or the Champions League trophy.

Winner of the Serie A top scorer award, Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to guide Portugal to glory at Euro 2020 and break a few other records in the process. Portugal have a very strong squad and the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner will need a strong performance to claim this prestigious individual prize once again.


#4 Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

Argentina v Chile - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
Argentina v Chile – FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier

Lionel Messi has had a stunning 2021, but the failure of Barcelona to win La Liga and make a deep run in the Champions League could cost the Argentine a shot at the Ballon d’Or award this year.

Argentina, along with Brazil, are the favorites to win Copa America 2021, but with a lot of doubt about the tournament going ahead, Lionel Messi might not get a chance to win a major international trophy.

#3 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain/France)

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 3: Leg Two
Paris Saint-Germain v FC Bayern Munich – UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 3: Leg Two

Definitely a Ballon d’Or winner in the future, Kylian Mbappe has had a good season for PSG. The French superstar was in fine form in the UEFA Champions League and almost single-handedly inspired PSG to victories over Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

#3 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain/France)

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 3: Leg Two
Paris Saint-Germain v FC Bayern Munich – UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 3: Leg Two

Definitely a Ballon d’Or winner in the future, Kylian Mbappe has had a good season for PSG. The French superstar was in fine form in the UEFA Champions League and almost single-handedly inspired PSG to victories over Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Mbappe will be spearheading the impressive France squad at Euro 2020 and is one of the forwards expected to challenge for a Golden Boot in the continental competition.

Mbappe will be spearheading the impressive France squad at Euro 2020 and is one of the forwards expected to challenge for a Golden Boot in the continental competition.

To win the Ballon d’Or, Mbappe will need to have a good campaign with France and play a starring role for Les Bleus. The 22-year-old superstar is one of the brightest young talents in the game and his explosive speed and clinical finishing could propel him towards the top of the footballing world.


#2 N’golo Kante (Chelsea/France)

Manchester City v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final
Manchester City v Chelsea FC – UEFA Champions League Final

N’Golo Kante has catapulted himself into the Ballon d’Or reckoning with some stunning performances for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League. The French midfielder has had a strong finish to the 2020-21 season and is gathering momentum in the Ballon d’Or race.

#1 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)

This season, Lewandowski has been in stunning form and has scored an almost unbelievable 41 goals in just 29 Bundesliga games breaking Gerd Muller’s longstanding record in the process. Individually, Lewandowski has been on another level and is currently the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or in 2021.

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