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​​​​2021 Ballon d’Or points standings in full as Ronaldo suffers lowest finish in 11 years

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The five-time winner came home in sixth place in France Football’s final points table and classification for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award.

Cristiano Ronaldo finished in sixth place in the 2021 Ballon d’Or rankings on a respectable 178 points.

The Portuguese ace ended up just eight points behind Chelsea’s fifth-placed midfielder N’Golo Kante in the standings. It is the first time he has finished as low as sixth since the 2010 Ballon d’Or – 11 years ago.

The award itself for 2021 went to Lionel Messi for a seventh time. The Paris Saint-Germain star collected 613 points, just 33 points ahead of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who won the Champions League and Euro 2020, rounded off the top three on 460 points.

Men’s Ballon d’Or final standings 2021

1.Lionel Messi🇦🇷PSG/Barcelona613
2.Robert Lewandowski🇵🇱Bayern Munich580
4.Karim Benzema🇫🇷Real Madrid239
5.N’Golo Kante🇫🇷Chelsea186
6.Cristiano Ronaldo🇵🇹Man United/Juventus178
7.Mohamed Salah🇪🇬Liverpool121
8.Kevin De Bruyne🇧🇪Manchester City73
9.Kylian Mbappe🇫🇷PSG58
10.Gianluigi Donnarumma🇮🇹PSG/AC Milan36
11.Erling Haaland🇳🇴Dortmund33
12.Romelu Lukaku🇧🇪Chelsea26
13.Giorgio Chiellini🇮🇹Juventus26
14.Leonardo Bonucci🇮🇹Juventus18
15.Raheem Sterling🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Manchester City10
17.Luis Suarez🇺🇾Atletico Madrid8
18.Simon Kjaer🇩🇰AC Milan8
19.Mason Mount🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Chelsea7
20.Riyad Mahrez🇩🇿Manchester City7
21.Bruno Fernandes🇵🇹Manchester United6
21=Lautaro Martinez🇦🇷Inter Milan6
23.Harry Kane🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Tottenham4
24.Pedri🇪🇸FC Barcelona3
25.Phil Foden🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Manchester City2
26.Nicolo Barella🇮🇹Inter Milan1
26=Ruben Dias🇵🇹Manchester City1
26=Gerard Moreno🇪🇸Villarreal1
29.Cesar Azpilicueta🇪🇸Chelsea0
29=Luka Modric🇭🇷Real Madrid0

How were the points decided?

France Football had each nation represented in the voting by the national team’s manager, captain, and a nominated sports journalist. They would name the five best players of 2021 using the following points system:

  • 1st – 6 points
  • 2nd – 4 points
  • 3rd – 3 points
  • 4th – 2 points
  • 5th – 1 point

While Ronaldo didn’t attend the gala in Paris on Monday night, he took to Instagram to deny France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferre’s accusation about him wanting to win more Ballon d’Ors than Messi.