Ballon D’or 2021 LIVE | Lionel Messi Possibly winning 7th Ballon D’or
The race to be crowned the best men’s player of 2021 is between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, with Karim Benzema the third favourite.
Should Messi win, it will be his seventh Ballon d’Or trophy, pulling further away from Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently has five.
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French magazine France Football first chooses the 30 candidates for the prize and this is followed by a vote between 180 selected journalists, who select five players from that group.
Fifty specialist journalists then vote for the world’s best player using a points system which consists of giving each player six, four, three, two or one point(s).
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The list of players for the best young player (the Kopa Trophy) and the best goalkeeper (the Yashin Trophy) are made up of 10 players.
Lionel Messi Possibly winning
The criteria to win a Ballon d’Or covers a variety of things. The level of performance put in by the player throughout the season is of course recognised, with statistics such as goals scored, assists provided, the performance of the player’s team and the leadership shown.
Trophies won by the player are also taken into account, as well as the importance of said trophies, and the Copa America win with Argentina could well tip things in Messi‘s favour this year, while the player’s image on and off the pitch is also considered.