Full Ballon d’Or 2021 rankings as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah miss out to Lionel Messi

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Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or, beating competition from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski, to be crowned the world’s best footballer

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Lionel Messi has secured his seventh Ballon d’Or crown after being named the best footballer in the world during 2021.

The superstar has scored 40 goals and notched 14 assists during the calendar year, another remarkable effort for a man who has made those spectacular numbers look normal.

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Those goals and assists have helped Barcelona to win the Copa del Rey and Argentina to lift the Copa America, with Messi captaining both of those teams to their tournament wins.

A seventh Ballon d’Or is just reward then for the 36-year-old, who has also scored three goals to help secure PSG’s place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta finished in joint 29th alongside Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric after leading the Blues to the Champions League title.

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Lionel Messi has won his seventh Ballon d’Or
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Three players ended up in joint 26th , with Manchester City defender Ruben Dias, Inter Milan star Nicolo Barella and Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno sharing that distinction.

Dias’ lowly finish is somewhat of a surprise, considering he was crowned Premier League Player of the Season as City won the title.

Dias’ City team-mate Phil Foden and Barcelona youngster Pedri, two players tipped to battle for the Ballon d’Or for years to come finished 25th and 24th respectively.

Pedri has already been named the 2021 Golden Boy after also being as key part of the Barca team that lifted the Copa del Rey.

Another surprisingly low finisher was Harry Kane, placed 23 rd despite winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot and Playmaker of the Year last season.

The 28-year-old was not seen as a contender to win but his low placing will be a shock having also led England to the final of Euro 2020.

Amid his continuing struggles for Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes finished joint 21st with Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez, who fired the Italian giants to the Serie A title last season.

Having helped City to win the Premier League title and Carabao Cup last term, Riyad Mahrez was rewarded with 20th place in the Ballon d’Or standings.







Riyad Mahrez finished 20th after winning the Premier League with Manchester City
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Mason Mount claimed 19th after helping Chelsea to win the Champions League, providing the assist for his side’s winner in the final.

After captaining Denmark to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, Simon Kjaer finished 18th , though arguably his most important contribution in that tournament was coming to the aid of Christian Eriksen.

Luis Suarez finished 17th in this year’s standings after scoring 29 goals for Atletico Madrid to fire them to the La Liga title.

Neymar’s bad week continued with a surprisingly low 16th place finish, having suffered an ankle injury at the weekend.

The Brazilian is still looking for his first Ballon d’Or award, as is Raheem Sterling, who was the highest-placed Englishman in 15 th .

Italian centre-back pairing Leonardo Bonucci and Georgio Chiellini finished 14th and 13th after providing the defensive base for the Azzuri to win Euro 2020.

Romelu Lukaku just missed out on a place in the top 10 in 12th after inspiring Inter to the Serie A title, earning a £100million move to Chelsea.

The real surprise exclusion from the top 10 was Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, who has scored an astonishing 58 goals in 2021, winning the DFB-Pokal in the process.







Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland missed out on a spot in the top 10
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Finishing 10th was Paris Saint-Germain keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who won player of the tournament as Italy won Euro 2020.

His team-mate at PSG, Kylian Mbappe, came in at a relatively-low ninth, with poor performances at the European Championship sinking his bid for a first Ballon d’Or.

Kevin De Bruyne was selected in eighth having helped Manchester City to win the Premier League title last season.

The next two finishers were a major shock, with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah only seventh in the standings, to the fury of Liverpool fans.







Mohamed Salah finished only seventh, to the fury of Liverpool fans
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Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed the chance to go to the award ceremony and it was no wonder, with the Manchester United superstar only sixth.

The first member of the top five was N’Golo Kante, who was man of the match for Chelsea in the Champions League final.

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema came in fourth having single-handedly carried Los Blancos for much of the year.

Despite winning the Champions League and Euro 2020 in the same season, Jorginho was a surprise member of the podium, claiming third place.







Chelsea star Jorginho finished third in the standings
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That left two to face off for the award of best football in the world, PSG superstar Messi and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Having already won the Best Striker award, Robert Lewandowski may have been slightly disappointed to finish second.

But there can be few arguments against Messi’s win, with the PSG star having been left in seventh heaven.

The 2021 Ballon d’Or standings in full

1st – Lionel Messi

2nd – Robert Lewandowski

3rd – Jorginho

4th – Karim Benzema

5th – N’Golo Kante






N’Golo Kante finished fifth

6th – Cristiano Ronaldo

7th – Mohamed Salah

8th – Kevin de Bruyne

9th – Kylian Mbappe

10th – Gianluigi Donnarumma







Gianluigi Donnarumma was selected in 10th place
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11th – Erling Haaland

12th – Romelu Lukaku

13th – Georgio Chiellini

14th – Leonardo Bonucci

15th – Raheem Sterling

16th – Neymar

17th – Luis Suarez







Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez finished 17th
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18th – Simon Kjaer

19th – Mason Mount

20th – Riyad Mahrez

21st – Bruno Fernandes and Lautaro Martinez

23rd – Harry Kane







Harry Kane had a low finish despite being the Premier League’s top scorer last season
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24th – Pedri

25th – Phil Foden

26th – Nicolo Barella, Ruben Dias, Gerard Moreno

29th – Cesar Azpilicueta and Luka Modric

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