L’Equipe have revealed their top five picks for the 2021 Ballon d’Or. It is not much of a surprise that Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi and Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo have been named among them.
The Ballon d’Or organizers dropped the 30-man shortlist for the most prestigious individual award in 2021 last week, which included Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar as candidates to win. However, it does not look like the Brazilian superstar Neymar will be far off from winning the award.
The top 5 picks to win the trophy include:
- Lionel Messi
- Robert Lewandowski
- Karim Benzema
- Cristiano Ronaldo
The Paris Saint Germain superstar Lionel Messi has been voted as the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or 2021 by the fans. If he does manage to win the award, it will be his record 7th Ballon d’Or award.
The 34-year-old Argentine forward was in superb goal scoring form for Barcelona last season and scored 30 times in 35 La Liga appearances. Thus, he was the top scorer of La Liga and won the Pichichi trophy, leaving behind the likes of Karim Benzema and Gerard Moreno.
Not only that, but the Argentinian forward silenced his critics by leading his national side to an international trophy. He lead Argentina to a Copa America title in Brazil, ending his drought for an international trophy.
The Spanish media outlet Marca held a readers’ poll for who should win the Ballon d’Or. Messi came out on top of the pile with 34 per cent of the vote.
Benzema, who has been in sublime form, finished behind Messi with 26 per cent of the vote. Joining Messi and Benzema is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who finished third with 11 per cent of the vote.
Marca claimed that Messi is the ‘clear’ favourite for France Football’s coveted prize and believe that he has ‘no rival.’
PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino insisted that the Barcelona legend should win the most prestigious award.
“Messi must win the Ballon d’Or, without doubt,” he said. “If I didn’t coach Messi… I would still say Messi. I am speaking from the heart.”
The winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or will be crowned at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on 29th November.