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2021 Ballon d’Or: Ronaldo, Messi, Kane, and other 27 players shortlisted

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Today, FIFA released an official list for players who are qualified for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award as a nominee, where players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kane, and other 27 players were shortlisted for the award.

2021 Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo, Messi, Kane, and other 27 players shortlisted

The trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Robert Lewandowski are among the 30 favorites shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.

2021 Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo, Messi, Kane, and other 27 players shortlisted

Their names were announced in a series of social media posts by France Football on Friday.

As organizers prepare for the ceremony scheduled to take place in November after a COVID-19-stricken year, the trio is the frontrunner to pick up the award.

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But only one player will go home with one of the world’s most prestigious individual awards.
The 30-man list of players comprises a goalkeeper, five defenders, nine midfielders, and 15 forwards drawn from various football clubs across Europe in 2021 Ballon d’Or.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo looks to match the record of six awards set by Messi, following a brilliant performance last season.

2021 Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo, Messi, Kane, and other 27 players shortlisted

Before finding his way back to Manchester United since his departure in 2009, the 36-year-old netted 36 goals and made four assists for Juventus.

Just like his Portuguese counterpart, Messi was crucial to Barcelona’s performance last season, although the Spanish side failed to add a trophy to their cabinet.

The 34-year-old, however, bade a farewell to Camp Nou after 21 years and joined his former Barcelona teammate, Neymar (who was also shortlisted) at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

See the full list of the 30 footballers shortlisted for this year’s Ballon d’Or below:

Goalkeeper
Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)

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

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