The Ballon d’Or award would take a break in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is once again back this year.
The top 30 nominations for 2021 would be released last week and it is not too surprisingly, a list heavily featuring Premier League stars.
Manchester City would win the 2020/21 Premier league and then made it to the 2021 Champions League final.
This would see Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez named amongst the 30.
The eventual winners of the Champions League, Chelsea, would also have five players up for the award in the form of Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta and Romelu Lukaku.
Cristiano Ronaldo names his Ballon d’Or candidate
Who though, should win the 2021 Ballon d’Or?
There has been a lot of talk around Jorginho, who won the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy, picking up the prize.
This is in spite of the fact that the Ballon d’Or is supposed to be an individual prize, though most people tend to ignore that unless it suits their agender.
Though he didn’t have the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be in the top-10 again this year.
And now, the Manchester United forward has had his say on who his candidate for the Ballon d’Or will be, naming former Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema as that man:
“Without a doubt, my candidate for the Ballon d’Or is Benzema. The best striker, brutal level for 10 years and champion above all. Don’t you think?”