Lionel messi He reappears as a great favorite to win the Ballon d’Or at the gala to be held tomorrow, Monday in the city of Paris. The surprising thing is that his main rivals do not include the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and that the threats to the Argentine come from the Pole Robert Lewandowski and from french Karim Benzema, with great seasons at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
At 34, the Paris Saint-Germain player has strong arguments to make his legend even bigger with the award given by France Football magazine since 1956: his victory in the Copa América with Argentina, in the Copa del Rey with Barcelona or his status as top scorer in the Spanish league.
These awards allow Messi to be the great candidate to keep the award, despite the fact that 2021 was not his best year in his exalted career and that after his transfer to PSG he still did not show the brightness that is expected of his prestige.
The one of the best soccer player of the year will not be the only Ballon d’Or that will take place on the Parisian night, in which the best soccer player, the best goalkeeper and the most promising youngster will also be known.
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Ballon d’Or: how to see the award ceremony
The Ballon d’Or will meet its new owner tomorrow Monday, November 29. The event, which will be full of stars, will take place in Paris from 16.00 from Argentina.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on the screen of ESPN, but also you will be able to follow the minute by minute by TN Deportivo.
Ballon d’Or: Lewandoski and Benzema don’t want to be left empty-handed
Lewandowski, 33, did a great season on a personal level, but it has less chance of keeping the award since Bayern Munich was shipwrecked in Europe (it was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions League that Chelesea won) and settled for its local championship. In addition, Poland only added a draw in the Eurocup and said goodbye early.
The collective rewards are also the weak point of Benzema’s candidacy, which he did not raise any glass with Real Madrid, nor with the French National Team.
If the prestigious individual award rested only on the collective rewards, the favorite would be the Italian-Brazilian Jorginho, the only one of the players who celebrated the Champions League with Chelsea and the European Championship with Italy.
For the second time in its history, France Football will also deliver the Women’s Ballon d’Or, which will have four Barcelona players. The Spanish Alexia Putellas, Sandra Paños and Jennifer Hermoso and the Dutch Lieke Martens, winners of the national league and the Champions League, are chosen.
Ballon d’Or: Pedri, the favorite among the youngest
The Kopa trophy will recognize the best under-21 of the year, among ten candidates, among which the Spaniard from Barcelona Pedri stands out, already designated Golden Boy by the Italian magazine Tuttosport.
The 19-year-old is the only under-21 player to also compete for the Ballon d’Or, making him the top favorite to win the Kopa.
Ballon d’Or: Gianluigi Donnarumma, the great candidate
Talian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma appears as the favorite to lift the Yashin trophy, which designates the best under the three suits, thanks to his triumph in the Eurocup, where he was considered the best player in the competition.