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Top 20 Ballon d’Or rankings for the year 2021

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With the global crisis suspending the honourary individual award for last year, Ronaldo.com presents the top 20 Ballon d’Or rankings for the year 2021.

Last year, the Ballon d’Or ceremony was cancelled due to the advent of coronavirus and football supporters were eagerly waiting for the next one. In 2021, football is back to normal and so is the individual award, which will be announced on November 29 in Paris.

During the last month, the nominees for this distinguished prize were announced, which includes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo along with 28 others. The mercurial Argentine claimed the Ballon d’Or trophy back in 2019 before the pandemic.

Now, let’s take a look at the top 20 players from the 30 nominees who we think have the potential to grab the ultimate prize.

20. Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) 🇦🇷

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Last time’s rank: 20th

2021 so far: 23 goals, seven assists. Won Copa America & Serie A

19. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) 🇧🇷

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Last time’s rank: 17th

2021 so far: 15 goals, 17 assists. Won Coupe de France & Trophee des Champions

18. Harry Kane (Tottenham) 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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Last time’s rank: 16th

2021 so far: 33 goals, six assists

17. Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan) 🇮🇹

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Last time’s rank: 14th

2021 so far: Six goals, 13 assists. Won Euro 2020 & Serie A

16. Phil Foden (Manchester City) 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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Last time’s rank: 19th

2021 so far: 16 goals, 12 assists, Won Premier League & Carabao Cup

15. Mason Mount (Chelsea) 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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Last time’s rank: 15th

2021 so far: 12 goals, eight assists. Won Champions League & UEFA Super Cup

14. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) 🇮🇹

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Last time’s rank: 12th

2021 so far: Two assists, 10 clean sheets. Won Euro 2020, Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana

13. Ruben Dias (Manchester City) 🇵🇹

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Last time’s rank: 13th

2021 so far: One goal, two assists, 26 clean sheets. Won Premier League & Carabao Cup

12. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 🇪🇬

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Last time’s rank: 18th

2021 so far: 32 goals, nine assists

11. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain) 🇮🇹

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Last time’s rank: 11th

2021 so far: 20 clean sheets. Won Euro 2020

10. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) 🇧🇪

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Last time’s rank: 10th

2021 so far: 13 goals, 15 assists. Won Premier League & Carabao Cup

9. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) 🇳🇴

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Last time’s rank: 8th

2021 so far: 43 goals, 13 assists. Won DFB-Pokal

8. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) 🇧🇪

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Last time’s rank: 7th

2021 so far: 30 goals, eight assists. Won Serie A

7. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 🇵🇹

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Last time’s rank: 9th

2021 so far: 42 goals, five assists. Won Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italia

6. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) 🇫🇷

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Last time’s rank: 6th

2021 so far: 37 goals, 17assists. Won UEFA Nations League, Coupe de France & Trophee des Champions

5. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 🇫🇷

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Last time’s rank: 5th

2021 so far: 37 goals, 14 assists. Won UEFA Nations League

4. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 🇫🇷

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Last time’s rank: 4th

2021 so far: One goal, one assist. Won Champions League & UEFA Super League

3. Jorginho (Chelsea) 🇮🇹

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Last time’s rank: 3rd

2021 so far: Eight goals, three assists. Won Euro 2020, Champions League & UEFA Super Cup

2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 🇵🇱

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Last time’s rank: 2nd

2021 so far: 59 goals, nine assists. Won Bundesliga, Club World Cup & DFL-Supercup

1. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) 🇦🇷

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Last time’s rank: 1st

2021 so far: 40 goals, 14 assists. Won Copa America & Copa del Rey

These are our predictions on the top 20 rankings. What are yours?

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