The best player in the world will be unveiled today.
The Ballon d’Or event makes a return following an enforced COVID-19 break last year.
Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski would have easily walked away with the prize last year after a sensational season.
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The Poland international is expected to be on the podium when the winners are announced on Monday.
But we all know who walks away with the prize, don’t we?
The 34-year-old who now plays his football with Paris Saint-Germain is the hot favourite to clinch it. If he is indeed confirmed as winner, the Argentina captain would have won it for a record-extending seventh time.
Who could be the surprise winner?
A ‘leaked’ image of the apparent final standings went viral on social media late in October, with Messi in second place.
If this is the case, there might not be much outrage as it will be just a reward for him missing out in 2020.
Lewandowski is having another fine season anyway.
Hold your breath. Cross your fingers. Show time in a bit!
When will the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner be announced?
The winner will be crowned on Monday, November 29, at a gala Chatelet Theatre in Paris, with the ceremony starting around 7:30pm GMT.
How to watch the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony
French outlet L’Equipe will be streaming the ceremony live on their Youtube channel from 7:30pm.
The ceremony will also be available to stream via Eurosport’s website and app.
You can also follow the ceremony with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.
Ballon d’Or shortlist in full
- Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
- Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)
- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
- Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
- Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
- Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
- Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain)
- Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
- Phil Foden (Manchester City)
- Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
- Jorginho (Chelsea)
- Harry Kane (Tottenham)
- N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
- Simon Kjaer (AC Milan)
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
- Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
- Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
- Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
- Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
- Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
- Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
- Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)
- Mason Mount (Chelsea)
- Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
- Pedri (Barcelona)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
- Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)
What other awards are up for grabs?
The women’s Ballon d’Or winner will also be announced, with five Chelsea players on the 20-strong shortlist, which also includes Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema and England striker Ellen White.
Plus, the Kopa Trophy, for the best men’s U21 player, and Yashin Trophy, for best goalkeeper, will also be handed out.
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