Relive the best moments of Messi‘s six Ballon d’Or triumphs
Lionel Messi is expected to collect his seventh Ballon d’Or award at a glittering 2021 ceremony in Paris this evening. Messi is the favourite after winning the Copa America with Argentina earlier this year, despite one of his less impressive years at club level: Barcelona finished third in La Liga and fell in the first knockout round of the Champions League. However, Messi scored two goals as Barca won the Copa del Rey final and he was La Liga’s top goalscorer once more, before switching to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
Robert Lewandowski was widely expected to win last year’s award before it was cancelled due to the pandemic, and the Bayern Munich striker is in the running once again. Chelsea’s Jorginho is another candidate, having won the Champions League with his club and Euro 2020 with his country Italy a couple of months later.
Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema lead the charge for the women’s award. Putellas scored in the final as the all-conquering Barca won the Champions League, while Miedema is both Netherlands and Women’s Super League all-time leading goalscorer and racked up goals at the Olympic Games. Spain’s Pedri is expected to win the Kopa Trophy for the best men’s young player, while Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma lead the running for the men’s goalkeeper award, the Yashin Trophy.
The ceremony takes place tonight at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, starting from 7.30pm GMT. It will be streamed live online via L’Equipe’s YouTube channel, and Eurosport will also be streaming the award on its website and the Eurosport app. The ceremony is expected to end around 9pm GMT. You can follow all the latest updates below.Keep up with all the latest breaking news by signing up to our free email alerts by clicking here.
Ballon d’Or 2021: Chelsea win Club of the Year
Chelsea have just been announced as Club of the Year – comprising the achievements of both their men’s and women’s team.
Emma Hayes is there as manager of the Women’s team and makes the point she hopes the team can be there in future – it’s the international break for women’s football so they are unable to be present.
Thomas Tuchel is also in attendance and praises the achievements of his side, the women’s team – WSL winners – and the academy sides, too.
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:51
Ballon d’Or 2021: Fifth to third announced including Kante
We are approaching the main men’s prize and we’re down to two: Lewandowski and Messi. That’s because we’ve just had fifth to third rattled off:
5th – N’Golo Kante, Chelsea and France
4th – Karim Benzema, Real Madrid and France
3rd – Jorginho, Chelsea and Italy
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:49
Ballon d’Or 2021: Drogba’s message to Kjaer after Eriksen incident
A special thanks from Didier Drogba to Simon Kjaer, on account of the role he played in helping to save the life of Christian Eriksen during the summer after his collapse at Euro 2020.
The Danish national team went on a stunning run thereafter, buoyed in part by the recovery of their midfielder.
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:39
Gianluigi Donnarumma wins goalkeeper’s Yashin Trophy at Ballon d’Or 2021 awards ceremony
Gianluigi Donnarumma has won the Yashin Trophy, awarded to the world’s best goalkeeper this year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris.
Italy’s No1 played a starring role in their Euro 2020 triumph with crucial penalty shootout saves and kept a miserly defensive record throughout the competition, and he was named the Player of the Tournament. His club form has been less impressive, however, making only made a handful of appearances so far since swapping AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer due to injury and the form of Keylor Navas.
Donnarumma, 22, fought off competition from Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, who has been outstanding under Thomas Tuchel and kept goal as the Blues won last season’s Champions League, as well as helping them to the top of the Premier League this season with only five goals conceded.
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:34
Ballon d’Or 2021: DONNARUMMA wins Yashin Trophy
The winner of the Yashin Trophy and the best goalkeeper in the world for 2021 is Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma!
A starring role for the national team at Euro 2020, which they won in summer, while he has also made a high-profile move from AC Milan to PSG since then – a club trophy looks soon to be in the offing there.
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:33
Ballon d’Or 2021: Salah and Ronaldo ranked 7th and 6th
Three more of the shortlisted players are announced in the men’s award and it’s a Premier League trio.
In eighth place is Kevin de Bruyne of Man City and Belgium, Liverpool and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah is in seventh and sixth goes to Cristiano Ronaldo of Man United and Portugal.
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:30
Ballon d’Or 2021: Women’s award rankings
Fran Kirby came in 10th, with Chelsea team-mate Jessie Fleming in ninth. Another Chelsea star was seventh in Pernille Harder, with Arsenal’s free-scoring Vivianne Miedema in fourth.
Sam Kerr, of Chelsea and Australia, came third – Alexia’s Barcelona team-mate Jennifer Hermoso was the runner-up.
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:28
Alexia Putellas wins Ballon d’Or 2021 after starring role in Barcelona’s treble-winning season
Alexia won the Women’s Champions League with Barcelona, the Women’s Primera Division and the Copa de la Reina last season, before also being appointed the full-time captain of the team at the start of this season.
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:24
Ballon d’Or 2021: ALEXIA PUTELLAS wins Feminin award
And there it is, the expected announcement: the Barcelona star is named the world’s greatest player in women’s football for 2021: Alexia Putellas!
“I’m very emotional, it’s a very special moment. It’s special to have my team-mates here after all we’ve achieved.
“It’s an individual award but it’s a collective achievement – I hope you all see it that way.”
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:19
Ballon d’Or 2021: Feminin award up next
Kylian Mbappe is apparently presenting this award.
Jennifer Hermoso, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Vivianne Miedema, Alexia Putellas – that’s the five bidding for the trophy.
Karl Matchett29 November 2021 20:18