A leaked photo of the alleged results of this year’s Ballon d’Or vote has found its way online on Thursday, spelling bad news for Lionel Messi.
Messi joined by Pedri & more
The latest round of nominees for the Ballon d’Or were of course announced earlier this month.
After the awarding of the prize – widely regarded as the most prestigious individual accolade in world football – was cancelled last time out due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the first ‘Golden Ball’ for almost two years will be served up late next month.
The usual big-hitters were all present on France Football’s shortlist, including the two most successful players in the accolade’s history – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – along with Robert Lewandowski, Neymar, Erling Haaland, and another previous winner – Luka Modric.
Also honoured with inclusions were Barcelona sensation Pedri, Italian Euro 2020 winners Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, and even Simon Kjaer, owing to his heroic response to Christian Eriksen’s frightening cardiac arrest during the summer.
The full list looks as follows:
Lewandowski, Salah, Jorginho, Azpilicueta, Lukaku, Ronaldo, Foden, Gerard Moreno, Mbappe, Suarez, De Bruyne, Dias, Kjaer, Neymar, Lautaro Martinez, Messi, Pedri, Chiellini, Bruno Fernandes, Modric, Mahrez, Haaland, Kante, Mount, Bonucci, Donnarumma, Kane, Benzema, Barella, Sterling
Here are the other 10 nominees for the Men’s #ballondor pic.twitter.com/auEMazmpEy
— France Football #BallondOr (@francefootball) October 8, 2021
Lewy tops the pile
As things stand, it is of course Messi who is viewed as the bookmakers‘ favourite to bag a historic 7th Ballon d’Or crown, on the back of a long overdue Copa America triumph with Argentina.
Amongst the other front-runners, though, are the likes of Robert Lewandowski, and Chelsea pair N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
And, as outlined above, if the latest speculation quickly spreading across social media is anything to go by, then a surprise, for those hopeful of Messi emerging victorious at least, looks very much on the cards.
In a photo of the alleged final voting results to have found its way online, it is the aforementioned Lewandowski who reigns supreme, a spot clear of Argentina’s main man.
Real Madrid hitman Karim Benzema rounds out the podium, whilst Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne also feature in the top-10.
Manchester United summer addition Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, looks set to be forced to make do with a lowly 9th-place Golden Ball finish this time around:
Secondo Marca questa è la classifica del #PallonedOro 2021:
— Fabrizio Biasin (@FBiasin) October 28, 2021
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