Has the list of nominated footballers, having the most to the least votes, for the presitigious Ballon d’Or award leaked? And is Robert Lewandowski the winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or?
This year’s Ballon d’Or prize is proving far harder to predict than in previous seasons.
That is because, for once, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not the outright favourites. It has become customary, roughly over the last decade, to think of the winner as between just the two superstars.
However, what with both footballing legends making earth-shattering moves this past summer, 2021’s Ballon d’Or winner is hard to call.
For one, there are many more names in the mix this time. Many nominees like Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (the football news) present as strong contenders for the honour.
Is Robert Lewandowski the Winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or?
However, a leaked image has surfaced on social media which implicates Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski as the 2021 winner.
In the aforementioned image, the Pole leads the list with 627 votes, whereas Messi is in second place. Curiously, Real Madrid and France star Karim Benzema comes in third, placing even higher than Manchester United man Cristiano Ronaldo.
In fact, Ronaldo appears way down on the list because he is in 9th place and Luka Modric is 12th.
The highest ranked Spaniard is Barcelona’s Pedri as the 18-year-old is 18th on the leaked list. He is even surpassing Neymar, who may have placed 19th, by one place.
Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, whom experts expect to dominate world football over the next decade are sixth and eighth respectively.
Leaked 2021 Ballon d’Or List:
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
- Leo Messi (PSG)
- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
- Jorginho (Chelsea)
- Kylian Mbappé (PSG)
- N’ Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
- Erling Haaland (Dortmund)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester.United)
- Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
- Gianluiggi Donnarumma (PSG)
- Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
- Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
- Harry Kane (Tottenham)
- Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
- Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
- Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
- Pedri (Barcelona)
- Neymar (PSG)
- Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)