Messi and Ronaldo in the Top 5 candidates to win the "Golden Ball" 2021

Zlatko Ilijevski
21 Oct 2021
Messi and Ronaldo in the Top 5 candidates to win the "Golden Ball" 2021

France Football will present the "Golden Ball", award for the best player in the world in 2021, on November 29.

A list of 30 candidates was announced last week, now they shortened the list to those players in the shortlist for the prestigious award.

The prestigious French media "L'Equipe" singled out five players who are the biggest candidates on its cover.

 According to the source, the Real Madrid player, Karim Benzema, has the best chances to reach the "Golden Ball" and he is playing fantastically this year as well.

He recently won the League of Nations with the French national team, and no one has scored more goals (10) this season and recorded more assists (seven) than the striker of the "Kings".

Second on the list is Lionel Messi who was the winner of the last edition in 2019, the Argentine won the "Copa America" but with Barcelona did not have the best results, although he won the trophy in the King's Cup. From this season, he defends the colors of PSG, where he is still looking for his form.

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Next are Robert Lewandowski who is the "unofficial" winner for 2020. He won three titles with Bayern, and last year in the Bundesliga he scored 41 goals from 29 appearances that allowed him to reach the "Golden Shoe".

Fourth is Jorginho, the great Chelsea midfielder who won the Champions League and European Super Cup, while with the Italians he was European champion. He has already been named the best player in the UEFA selection.

And finally, Cristiano Ronaldo, who should always be counted on. He was the top scorer in Serie A and European Championship with five goals. From this season, he plays again for Manchester United, where he started well with five goals.

The competition is tougher than ever and it divided the football world about who should be the winner.

Legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima reveals on his Instagram account that his favorite to win the Golden Ball is Karim Benzema.

One of the best strikers in the history of football adores the French striker who has been a key player in Real Madrid's attack for years. The Brazilian Ronaldo also gives arguments to support this opinion of his.

Without a doubt, my candidate for the Golden Ball is Benzema. He is the best striker in the world, he has been playing at a brutal level for 10 years and he is a champion over the champions. "Isn't that so?


Milan sport director Paolo Maldini has his own favorite for the Golden Ball.

I think that this year Robert Lewandowski deserved the award. Karim Benzema could also win, but Lewandowski kept the incredible "hunger" for scoring goals. He broke many records with his efficiency. Lewandowski, Benzema and Messi will surely be the top three. I think Messi has the best chance but I personally would like Lewandowski to win.

Paolo Maldini

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Legendary French football player Patrice Evra points out that he is sick of Messi and that he did nothing special. His favorites are Chelsea players - Italian Jorginho and Frenchman N’Golo Kante.

In my opinion, the Golden Ball should belong to Kante or Jorginho. I'm sick of Messi. What did he win? All right, Copa America. But what did he do with Barcelona?

Patrice Evra

Last year, the award was not given due to the coronavirus pandemic but everyone will agree that Lewandowski should have won this award.

 In 2019, the best was Messi and it was his sixth. Manchester United striker Cristiano Rolando has five Golden Balls, and Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten have three each.

The award ceremony for the best football player in the world will be held on November 29.

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