The 30 Ballon d‘Or election nominees have leaked: Simon Kjaer is the most notable contender. Chelsea and Manchester City are five players each ‘courting vendor‘.
France Football wanted to announce the contenders from Friday night, but the entire list is already going around on social media. Defending champion Lionel Messi is on the side, as is his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine and Portuguese have dominated the election since 2008 and only had to prioritize someone else with Luka Modric in 2018. The Croatian is now on the list again, just like his teammate Karim Benzema.
Other favorites include Bayern Munich top shooter Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Jorginho, who won the Champions League with Chelsea and became European champion with Italy. Kjaer is also in the race. The Danish defender went through a strong season at AC Milan, but he garnered praise internationally with his strong intervention when Christian Eriksen had a heart attack during the European Championship.
The Dutch won’t have a chance to win the Ballon d‘Or this year. Virgil van Dijk finished second last year, but this time he is not eligible because of his long-term knee injury.
The 30 nominees of Ballon d’Or, any surprises in this list for you? pic.twitter.com/8yBTom2HYY
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) October 8, 2021