Here is the full list of 30-man shortlist or nominees for the 2021 Ballon d’Or awards as it has been announced today Friday
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)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
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)
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)
FODEN UP FOR THE BALLON D’OR!
Foden has been nominated! England and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has made the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or!
Cristiano Ronaldo has once again made the shortlist. There is also places for Kylian Mbappe, Gerard Moreno and Luis Suarez! And that completes the shortlist!
Jorginho is in there! Widely seen as one of the frontrunners to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or, Jorginho has been included on the 30-man shortlist!
There’s also places for Robert Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and (this might be a slightly surprising one) Cesar Azpilicueta!
KDB ON THE LIST!
De Bruyne nominated! Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has been included on the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or!
His club teammate Ruben Dias has also been nominated alongside Denmark’s Simon Kjaer, PSG’s Neymar and Inter striker Lautaro Martinez.
No player has won as many Ballon d’Or trophies as Messi, so could the legendary Argentine claim the prestigious award for a seventh time?
Messi has had better years, but has still managed to score 37 goals and notch 14 assists in 46 games for club and country. He might have had a slow-ish start to life at PSG, but those are still incredible numbers!
PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 28: Leo Messi of Paris Saint-Germain reacts after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on September 28, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aureli
18:00 – MESSI AND FERNANDES NOMINATED!
Messi nominated! Fernandes too! There’s a familiar name in the latest batch of nominees – Lionel Messi has once again been nominated for the Ballon d’Or!
Bruno Fernandes has also been nominated after an excellent 2021. There are also places for Giorgio Chiellini, Luka Modric and Pedri!
Fran Kirby and Ellen White are among those shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or! Might an England international get their hands on the most prestigious individual award in the game?
NEXT BATCH ANNOUNCED!
Kane and Sterling nominated! Harry Kane has earned himself a place on the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or, as has Raheem Sterling!
The England and Tottenham Hotspur striker has been included in the same batch of nominees as Nicolo Barella, Karim Benzema, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sterling!
While we’re waiting for the next batch of names to be released (who gave France Football this power?), let’s assess Kante’s chances of winning the trophy.
The French midfielder was part of the Chelsea team that won the Champions League, but France didn’t make it as far as Italy at Euro 2020. So might Kante’s candidacy be countered by that of his teammate, Jorginho?
17:15 – FIRST BALLON D’OR NAMES REVEALED!
Kante and Mount on shortlist! Chelsea midfielders N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount have been included on the shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
There’s also a place for Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Norwegian striker Erling Haaland and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. More names to come later!
GOALIES IN THE SPOTLIGHT!
Yachine Trophy nominees announced! Emi Martinez and Kasper Schmeichel have been named on the shortlist for the 2021 Yachine Trophy awarded to the best goalkeeper for the year!
Ederson and Edouard Mendy are also on there to make up a strong Premier League contingent. No place for Alisson Becker, though!
BELLINGHAM ON KOPA TROPHY SHORTLIST!
Bellingham, Greenwood and Saka on Kopta Trophy shortlist! The nominees for the 2021 Kopa Trophy (awarded to the best player under the age of 21) have been announced!
Jude Bellingham, Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka are all on there as is Jeremy Doku, Ryan Gravenburch, Nuno Mendes Jamal Musiala, Pedri, Gio Reyna and Florian Wirtz.
FULL WOMEN’S BALLON D’OR SHORTLIST!
We have the names! The full shortlist for the 2021 Women’s Ballon d’Or has now been released. Here it is…
Stina Blackstenius, Kadidiatou Diani, Christiane Endler, Magdalena Eriksonn, Jessie Fleming, Pernille Harder, Jennifer Hermoso, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Sam Kerr, Fran Kirby, Ashley Lawrence, Lieke Martens, Samantha Mewis, Vivianne Miedema, Sandra Paños, Irene Paredes, Alexia Putellas, Wendie Renard, Christine Sinclair and Ellen White!