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Ballon d’Or result LEAKED? Report claims that FIFA Best player of the year results leaked & Messi wins it, Benzema second- Follow LIVE updates

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Ballon d’Or 2021 result LEAKED? With just a couple of days left for the gala event in Paris, the excitement among football fans is on a high. Speculations are rife that football’s one of the most prestigious awards Ballon d’Or will go to former Barcelona legend and PSG’s new forward Lionel Messi. Reports claimed that Messi is all set to lift his 7th Ballon d’Or award, pipping Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski on Monday.

The Argentinian, who has already won 6 Ballon d’Ors, finally tasted success with his national team when Argentina beat Brazil to Copa America title. The 34-year-old might have failed to emulate his Barcelona’s success at Paris Saint Germain but performed exceedingly well at Camp Nou.

Ballon d’Or 2021 result LEAKED?: Report claims that FIFA Best player of the year results leaked & Messi wins it, Benzema second- Follow LIVE updates

A couple of strong tweets indicates that PSG’s No.10 has done it once again. Josep Pedrerol, the host of El Chiringuito has tweeted the probable order of top 3 players— “Messi, Benzema and Lewandowski.”

Italian reporter Matte Moretto replied: “Messi, his friends already know.”

Ballon d’Or result 2021 LEAKED?: Report claims that FIFA Best player of the year results leaked & Messi wins it, Benzema second- Follow LIVE updates

Robert Lewandowski was the favourite to win Ballon d’Or last year but France football cancelled the award due to the COVID situation. He won the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich earlier this year by setting a new goal record in a season. According to a report from Sport Bild, Bayern Munich will be sending sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic and manager Julian Nagelsmann to the Ballon d’Or ceremony to support staff striker Lewandowski.

At third spot (likely), Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. The French striker is in tremendous form in La Liga. This could be the last attempt for both Lewandowski and Benzema to capture the award.

Lionel Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo is also part of the 30 men probable but not among favourites. He re-joined Manchester United from Serie A club Juventus during this season.

England great Gary Linekar, Gerard Pique and Thierry Henry have put their weights behind Lionel Messi while Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher chose to stick with Lewandowski.

Ballon d’Or 2021 result LEAKED?: Report claims that FIFA Best player of the year results leaked & Messi wins it, Benzema second- Follow LIVE updates

When, where and how to watch the Ballon d’Or award 2021?

The men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or winners will be crowned at a gala event at Chatelet Theatre, Paris on Monday. The event will be live-streamed on YouTube- L’Equipe’s channel from 1 AM IST on Tuesday (7.30 PM GMT, Monday). You can also watch the live coverage on Eurosport.

Men’s Ballon d’Or 2021 shortlist

  • Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
  • Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
  • Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
  • Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
  • Phil Foden (Manchester City)
  • Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Jorginho (Chelsea)
  • Harry Kane (Tottenham)
  • N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
  • Simon Kjaer (AC Milan)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
  • Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
  • Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
  • Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)
  • Mason Mount (Chelsea)
  • Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Pedri (Barcelona)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
  • Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

Ballon d’Or 2021 result LEAKED?: Report claims that FIFA Best player of the year results leaked & Messi wins it, Benzema second- Follow LIVE updates

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