Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar, Lionel Messi, earned the highest points so he was entitled to the 2021 Ballon d’Or trophy. The 2021 Ballon d’Or award night was held at the Theater du Chatelet, Paris, France, Tuesday (30/11/2021) ) early morning WIB. The results of the 2021 Ballon d’Or points make Messi the top with 613 points.
Messi outperformed another strong candidate for the Ballon d’Or, namely Robert Lewandowski who was ranked second. The Bayern Munich striker was closely attached to Messi with a difference of 33 points via 580 points. Messi’s superiority makes him increasingly assert himself as the most successful player in the history of the Ballon d’Or.
Previously, La Pulga had won the Golden Ball trophy in the 2009, 2010, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 editions. In third place, there is the 2021 European player of the year Jorginho (Chelsea) who collected 460 points. Meanwhile, Manchester United superstar Crisiano Ronaldo did not enter the top five. Cristiano Ronaldo lost far from Messi with a collection of 178 points in sixth position.
The points obtained in the Ballon d’Or event are obtained from a voting process involving international journalists, coaches, and captains of the national team. Each voter is asked to choose the five best players when exercising their voting rights with a breakdown of points, namely 6, 4, 3, 2, or 1. The biggest points are assigned to the main or first player selected and so on following the order. 2021 Ballon d’Or Points: 1. Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona, PSG) – 613 points 2. Robert Lewandowski (Polondia, Bayern Munich) – 580 points 3. Jorginho (Italy, Chelsea) – 460 points 4. Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid) – 239 points 5. N’Golo Kante (France, Chelsea) – 186 points 6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus, Manchester United) – 178 points 7. Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool) – 121 8. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City) – 73 points 9. Kylian Mbappe (France, PSG) – 58 points 10. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy, AC Milan, PSG) – 36 points 11. Erling Haaland (Norway, Borussia Dortmund) – 33 points 12. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium, Inter Milan, Chelsea) – 26 points 13. Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus) – 26 points 14. Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, Juventus) – 18 points 15. Raheem Sterling (England) , Manchester City) – 10 points 16. Neymar (Brazil, PSG) – 9 points 17. Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid) – 8 points 18. Simon Kjaer (Denmark, AC Milan) – 8 points 19. Mason Mount (England) , Chelsea) – 7 points 20. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Manchester City) – 7 points 21. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal, Manchester United) – 6 points* 21. Lautaro Martinez (Argentina, Inter Milan) – 6 points* 23. Harry Kane (England, Tottenham) – 4 points 24. Pedri (Spain, Barcelona) – 3 points 25. Phil Foden (England, Manchester City) – 2 points 26. Nicolo Barella (Italy, Inter Milan) – 1 point* 26. Ruben Dias (Portugal, Manchester City) – 1 point* 26. Gerard Moreno (Spain, Villarreal) – 1 point* 29. Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain, Chelsea) – 0 points* 29. Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid) – 0 points * (*) equally ranked or parallel ranking
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Lionel Messi was awarded the 2021 men’s Ballon d’Or on Monday evening, the seventh time he has received the accolade. Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas claimed the women’s award after she led her team to the La Liga title and Champions League trophy. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski won the Striker of the Year award.
Elsewhere, QPR fought back from 1-0 down to beat Derby County 2-1 with a 90th-minute winner from Andre Gray to move the visitors to third in the Championship.
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Kylian Mbappe was left visibly unimpressed by finishing ninth in the vote for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
While Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Lionel Messi took home the grand prize for a record seventh time, Mbappe was well behind in his fellow forward the race.
The French sensation earned just 58 votes, with the ceremony taking place in his home city of Paris at the Theatre du Chatele.
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That was 15 fewer than Manchester City ‘s Kevin De Bruyne, who finished eighth, and less than half of what Mohamed Salah was backed with, as the Liverpool superstar finished seventh.
When television cameras flashed onto Mbappe for a reaction, the 22-year-old applauded with his hands – but his face told a different story.
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He was announced alongside 10th-place Gianluigi Donnarumma, who picked up the award for best goalkeeper, named after legendary Soviet stopper Lev Yashin.
Mbappe watched on as Messi was controversially crowned the best player of the year, with Robert Lewandowski many’s favourite to collect the golden ball.
France Football, who also received backlash for Cristiano Ronaldo ‘s omission from the top five, had Mbappe hand out the women’s Ballon d’Or to Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas.
Upon presenting Putellas with her accolade, the France international was reminded that he is the first man not named Messi or Ronaldo to finish inside the top 10 in each of the last four votes – not that he wanted to compare himself to the greats.
“It’s a pleasure but I’m not like Messi and Ronaldo,” Mbappe humbly admitted. “They’ve won a lot of times, they’re legends.
“I’m lucky to play with Leo and learn from him on a daily basis. Just having my name next to theirs is a pride.”
His highest Ballon d’Or finish came in 2018, ranking fourth after playing an integral role in his nation’s World Cup win.
That followed his debut in seventh a year prior, before finishing sixth in 2019.
Last year’s award was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In similarly humble fashion, Messi noted Lewandowski’s unrewarded efforts – barring an awkward brand new award for ‘Best Striker’ for 64 goals this calendar year – in his acceptance speech.
“I want to tell Robert that it is an honor for me to be up against him,” Messi said on stage.
“You deserve your Ballon d’Or. Last year everyone agreed that you were the winner.
“I think France Football should give you your Ballon d’Or so you can have it like you deserve.
“Hopefully France Football can give it to you to have in your home, because you were the true winner if it weren’t for the pandemic.
“You should have one in your house too.”
Despite having more players nominated than any other side, no Blues received individual honours, but Chelsea were named as Club of the Year during the prestigious event.
Rather than being disappointed by the lack of awards for his players, Tuchel seemed to be of the opinion that the one we were given was perhaps the best of the bunch, as he doesn’t put much value in individual awards for a team sport.
‘It’s a nice award because it’s a team effort,’ he explained. ‘All our players and all the Women’s players deserve to be on that list for their contribution to the success, but if individual players shine this is always due to a team effort and that’s why it is a nice award.
‘We have a strong Academy, we have a strong women’s team and we want to be a strong part of this club. So full credit to the owner and everybody in charge and we are trying our best to continue and maybe win this award again.
‘I have huge doubts about individual awards in this game, because the game is very complex, it’s related to a lot of luck. It’s a team effort, not one single player can win a match of football, it’s simply not possible. That’s why I’m happy when I have the chance to work in a club where we have so many nominees, where we have such a strong Academy, strong women’s team.
‘That shows the ambition of the club, it shows the target, and this is what drives us, makes us happy and what motivates us. We don’t do what we do to have in the end an individual award, but when you have a lot of nominees and you get a prize like we did yesterday, it’s proof of what the club is all about and how the club is built.’
Turning his attention to the upcoming on-field action, Tuchel discussed the situation on the left side of our team, where Ben Chilwell’s likely absence through injury until the new year leaves Marcos Alonso facing a big test of his fitness with so many games coming thick and fast during December.
However, our head coach has no concerns about Alonso’s ability to slot into the side seamlessly, as he did at the beginning of the current campaign, and says he has alternative options in that position if they become necessary during Chilwell’s absence.
‘First of all we have Marcos, who started the season for us when Chilly was in a bit of trouble and a bit of a more difficult moment for him,’ said Tuchel. ‘So we trust him, he knows how to win Premier League games, Marcos is very experienced.
‘I think it’s even a situation, when nobody’s injured, where you have two specialists for one position, both of them play for their international teams, where you can end up sometimes in very difficult decisions. It can be very hard for one of them because, in my opinion, they compete for one single position, the left wing-back position.
‘If one has a longer injury like Ben now, it can suddenly seem like we don’t have enough. If you look at the schedule and think does Marcos have now to play eight matches, or every three days, is that possible? Maybe not.
‘So I think we still have Callum who can play on the left side as a wing-back and we have some other ideas that we can maybe try, maybe we will have to try, let’s see. But first of all Marcos is the one in charge, he’s the specialist, and he will prove how much he can bring to the team and what impact he can have for us.’
That means Alonso is likely to line up on the left side for Chelsea again in our next match, when we travel to Watford in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.
The game will also sees us facing a familiar and popular face for the Blues, as our former manager Claudio Ranieri took charge of the Hornets at the start of October.
For Tuchel, it will be his first time coming up against the veteran Italian, but a meeting he is looking forward to, having seen a noticable improvement in Watford’s performances since Ranieri’s arrival at Vicarage Road.
‘We see a difference in data and the style of the game since he joined the club. They play with more confidence, especially at home. They try to implement also high pressing, they are very active, they try to be brave and courageous, they had a great result against Man United. They try to play more emotional, with more effort, to have the crowd behind them, they can create an atmosphere that helps them.
‘Claudio Ranieri speaks for himself, what he did in the Premier League and he had so many clubs, so he’s such an experienced coach. It’s a pleasure to meet him, it’s my first time to meet him in person and play against him, but we will do our best to be able to get the three points tomorrow in this game.’