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Ballon d’Or nominees: Mohamed Salah and Messi makes on 30-man shortlist

Mohamed salah, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have all been named on the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.

The Egyptian is one of the best players in the European League football this season. Salah has been breaking records recently which makes him one of the best players in the English top flight.

However, last seasons Liverpool poor start to the Premier League could probably hinder his chances of winning this prestigious award.

Ranking world's 10 best players as Mo Salah vies with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - Mirror Online

Mohamed Salah;

Meanwhile Ronaldo and Messi who have won this award for fifth and sixth times respectively are most seen as the biggest favorites for this year’s award.

Last year this individual coveted prize was cancelled due to the global pandemic that brought to a halt many sporting activities across the globe.

It was the first time since its founding in 1956, that football’s most coveted individual prize was not handed out.

In 2019, Liverpool’s defender Virgil van Dijk was runners-up to winner Lionel Messi while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were also in the top five.

Lionel Messi remains the highest favorite to win this years individual prize for a record seventh time despite not winning the La Liga with Barcelona and only reaching the round of 16 in the Champions League while Man United’s super star Ronaldo is in the chasing pack.

Although neither player won their respective domestic leagues or the Champions League last season, they did have strong individual campaigns.

For example, Ronaldo still managed to pick up 36 goals and four assists in 44 games in all competitions, despite Juventus and Portugal’s relative failure to match expectations in their respective tournaments.

Cristiano Ronaldo shows off against Newcastle United - Livik

Cristiano Ronaldo; photo credit – Livik

Meanwhile, Messi managed to bag 38 goals and 14 assists in 47 games last season as his Barcelona side managed little more than a Spanish Cup in domestic tournaments. However, the 34-year-old star did claim his first international title with Argentina at the Copa America.

After taking a one-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, the famous football award is back and will be presented to the best player in the world later this year.

However, before that can happen, the committee has made up a shortlist of the 30 men who are up for the award this year. And it includes a number of household names, as well as very few surprises.

Jorginho has also been nominated after helping his club and country clinch the Champions League and Euro 2020 titles.

The shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or

 

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

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