Ballon d’Or results: Live updates and rankings for soccer’s top awards

Will it be Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski? Whatever the answer, there is sure to be plenty of raging debate after the winner is named in at the Ballon d’Or awards gala held Monday in Paris. 

The speculation is that Messi will win the award for best men’s player in the world, though Lewandowski is thought to still be in with a chance.

FC Barcelona star attacking midfielder Alexia Putellas won the women’s award, PSG goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma was voted the best goalkeeper in the world, and another Barcelona player, 19-year-old Pedri, was named the best men’s Under-21 player in the world.

Lewandowski was named the inaugural Striker of the Year as the top scorer for club and country, while Chelsea FC took home the Club of the Year with the most candidates across the Ballon d’Or awards.

Media around the world voted for three of the awards — the men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper — and 32 former Ballon d’Or winners are voting on the best young men’s player. Two new awards, Striker of the Year and Club of the Year were introduced by France Football, the French sports weekly which has run the Ballon d’Or awards since 1956.

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Sporting News will be following the Ballon d’Or event and announcements as they happen, providing live updates, the latest rankings and the most interesting reaction throughout the day.

Updated Ballon d’Or final results — Men

RankNamePositionClubNational Team
4.Karim BenzemaFWReal MadridFrance
5.N’Golo KanteMFChelseaFrance
6.Cristiano RonaldoFWManchester UnitedPortugal
7.Mohamed SalahFWLiverpoolEgypt
8.Kevin De BruyneMFManchester CityBelgium
9.Kylian MbappeFWPSGFrance
10.Gianluigi DonnarummaGKPSGItaly
11.Erling HaalandFWBorussia DortmundNorway
12.Romelu LukakuFWChelseaBelgium
13.Giorgio ChielliniDFJuventusItaly
14.Leonardo BonucciDFJuventusItaly
15.Raheem Sterling FWManchester CityEngland
17.Luis SuarezFWAtletico MadridUruguay
18.Simon KjaerDFAC MilanDenmark
19.Mason MountMFChelseaEngland
20.Riyad MahrezFWManchester CityAlgeria
t-21.Bruno FernandesMFManchester UnitedPortugal
t-21.Lautaro Martinez FWInter MilanArgentina
23.Harry KaneFWTottenham HotspurEngland
24.PedriMFFC BarcelonaSpain
25.Phil FodenFWManchester CityEngland
t-26.Nicolo BarellaMFInter MilanItaly
t-26.Ruben DiasDFManchester CityPortugal
t-26.Gerard Moreno FWVillarrealSpain
t-29.Cesar AzpilicuetaDFChelseaSpain
t-29.Luka ModricMFReal MadridCroatia

2021 Ballon d’Or final results — Women

RankNamePositionClubNational Team
1.Alexia PutellasMFFC BarcelonaSpain
2.Jennifer HermosoFWFC BarcelonaSpain
3.Sam KerrFWChelseaAustralia
4.Vivianne MiedemaFWArsenalNetherlands
5.Lieke MartensMFFC BarcelonaNetherlands
6.Christine Sinclair FWPortland ThornsCanada
7.Pernille HarderFWChelseaDenmark
8.Ashley LawrenceDFPSGCanada
9.Jessie FlemingMFChelseaCanada
10.Fran KirbyFWChelseaEngland
11.Magdalena ErikssonDFChelseaSweden
12.Christiane EndlerGKOlympique LyonChile
13.Stina BlacksteniusFWBK HackenSweden
14.Samantha MewisMFNC CourageUSA
15.Irene ParedesDFFC BarcelonaSpain
TBDKadidiatou DianiFWPSGFrance
TBDMarie-Antoinette KatotoFWPSGFrance
TBDSandra PanosGKFC BarcelonaSpain
TBDWendie RenardDFOlympique LyonFrance
TBDEllen WhiteFWManchester CityEngland

2021 Kopa Trophy final results (Best U21 player)

RankNamePositionClubNational Team
1.PedriMFFC BarcelonaSpain
2.Jude BellinghamMFBorussia DortmundEngland
3.Jamal MusialaMFBayern MunichGermany
4.Nuno MendesDFPSGPortugal
5.Mason GreenwoodFWManchester UnitedEngland
6.Bukayo SakaFWArsenalEngland
7.Florian WirtzMFBayer LeverkusenGermany
8.Ryan GravenberchMFAjaxNetherlands
9.Jeremy DokuFWRennesBelgium
10.Giovanni ReynaMFBorussia DortmundUSA

2021 Yashin Trophy final results

RankNamePositionClubNational Team
1.Gianluigi DonnarummaGKPSGItaly
2.Edouard MendyGKChelseaSenegal
3.Jan OblakGKAtletico MadridSlovenia
4.EdersonGKManchester CityBrazil
5.Manuel NeuerGK Bayern MunichGermany
6.Emiliano MartínezGKAston VillaArgentina
7.Kasper SchmeichelGKLeicester CityDenmark
8.Thibaut CourtoisGKReal MadridBelgium
9.Keylor NavasGKPSGCosta Rica
10.Samir HandanovicGKInter MilanSlovenia

Ballon d’Or awards — live updates

All times ET

3:48 p.m.: Chelsea was named Club of the Year, a new award given to the team with the most players with candidates at the Ballon d’Or.

3:46 p.m.: We have the No. 3-5 finishers in the men’s Ballon d’Or: N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Jorginho.

3:30 p.m.: The Yashin trophy award is up next: It goes to Gigi Donnarumma of PSG and Italy. He was the star in Italy’s run to the Euro 2021 title.

3:27 p.m.: Didier Drogba personally takes a moment to recognize Simon Kjaer for his heroic acts in saving his teammate Christian Eriksen after he suffered cardiac arrest at Euro 2021:

3:25 p.m.: The next three players in the men’s Ballon d’Or were named: De Bruyne (No. 8), Salah (No. 7) and Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 6).

3:18 p.m.: FC Barcelona attacking midfielder Alexia Putellas wins the third women’s Ballon d’Or.

3:16 p.m.: Kylian Mbappe will be presenting the women’s Ballon d’Or next.

3:06 p.m.: The No. 9 and No. 10 players in the men’s Ballon d’Or ranking are revealed — PSG teammates Kylian Mbappe and Gigi Donnarumma.

2:59 p.m.: One of the two new awards in this edition, Striker of the Year, goes to Robert Lewandowski. It’s given to the player who scored the most goals for club and country combined. Is this a consolation award for Lewa? Remember, he was deemed the favorite for last year’s award, before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2:51 p.m.: Now there’s a video tribute for legends Diego Maradona and Gerd Muller, who passed away in the last year (Nov. 25, 2020 and Aug. 15, 2021, respectively).

2:45 p.m.: Pedri wins the Kopa award. He also finished No. 24 in the Ballon d’Or voting. He says that this was the best way to celebrate his 19th birthday which happened just a few days ago on Nov. 25. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) and Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich) finish behind the Barcelona star in the voting.

2:45 p.m.: The Kopa award for best men’s Under-21 player is about to be unveiled by Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro. Only former Ballon d’Or winners vote for the best young player award.

2:39 p.m.: The two new awards are going to be Striker of the Year and Club of the Year:

2:39 p.m.: Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon deliver the two Ballon d’Or trophies (for men and women).

2:30 p.m.: The show is underway in Paris. Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert are the hosts.

2:20 p.m.: Zendaya and Tom Holland are also at the event:

2:12 p.m.: And now it’s Lionel Messi and his family’s arrival. Messi and his boys in identical attire:

2:05 p.m.: It’s no doubt a short trek for PSG star Kylian Mbappe, who’s walking the red carpet:

1:49 p.m.: It’s Robert Lewandowski’s arrival at the Théâtre du Châtelet:

1:06 p.m.: What is happening in Paris:

12:55 p.m.: If you’re a gala that matters, of course you have a red carpet:

12:52 p.m.: And so here are the players who will finish in the Top 10: Benzema, De Bruyne, Donnarumma, Jorginho, Kante, Lewandowski, Mbappe, Messi, Ronaldo, Salah. Not a bad bunch.

12:51 p.m.: Erling Haaland couldn’t break the Top 10! The media vote placed him at No. 11.

12:47 p.m.: Hmmm. That smile could easily come from someone who was notified that he won the award. And based on a New York Times interview with the France Football chief editor, the winner is in fact notified ahead of time.

12:46 p.m.: They’re coming in fast and furious now. Romelu Lukaku (No. 12) is two spots short of the top 10 after a spectacular 2021.

12:44 p.m.: It’s only right that Giorgio Chiellini would be right there alongside Leonardo Bonucci in the Ballon d’Or standings. They’re inseparable. Chiellini comes in at No. 13.

12:42 p.m.: In addition to coming in at No. 24 in the men’s Ballon d’Or voting, Pedri is also up for the Kopa trophy as top young player. He’s also in Paris:

12:34 p.m.: Another Italian player with the Euro 2021 bump is Leonardo Bonucci. Surprise entry at No. 14.

12:21 p.m.: Next Man City star: Raheem Sterling. Ranked ahead of Mahrez, Foden and Dias at No. 15.

12:16 p.m.: Neymar finished a ways away from the Top 5 with voters placing him No. 16.

12:04 p.m.: Atletico Madrid and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is announced at No. 17. He was one of Atletico’s most important players in its run to the La Liga title.

11:59 a.m.: A surprise finish for AC Milan and Denmark defender Simon Kjaer at No. 18. His 2021 was marked by more than just football.

11:55 a.m.: Another Premier League player in the Top 20: Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who’s just getting started at age 22.

11:34 a.m.: The latest Man City player Riyad Mahrez clocks in at No. 20.

11:31 a.m.: Another tie in the votes between Bruno Fernandes (Man United) and Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) for 21st place.

11:13 a.m.: Harry Kane (Tottenham) has had a quiet start to the 2021-22 season and comes in at No. 23. Interesting to imagine how a summer move could have impacted his place.

10:59 a.m.: Phil Foden is hoping for a big 2022, but he’s in at No. 25 for the 2021 rankings. Also, not bad for a Ballon d’Or debut for Barcelona’s Pedri, who comes in at No. 24.

10:58 a.m.: We got a drop of three players tied for No. 26 in the voting: Ruben Dias (Man City), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) and Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan).

10:36 a.m.: The two players finishing bottom in the men’s Ballon d’Or voting were revealed. It’s two vets: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) and 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric (Real Madrid) are tied for last.

How to watch 2021 Ballon d’Or

  • Date: Monday, Nov. 29
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. ET (red carpet at 1 p.m. ET)
  • TV channel: None
  • Streaming: Paramount+, L’Equipe

The 2021 Ballon d’Or winners will be announced at a gala in Paris on Monday, Nov. 29. The event will be streamed live on Paramount+ in the USA. The red carpet coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET.

French sports daily L’Equipe will also carry the live broadcast on its channels (availability based on region).

How does voting for the Ballon d’Or work?

The France Football editorial staff compiles the shortlist of finalists for each award before distributing it to voters with voting closing on Oct. 24.

A panel of 180 journalists around the world was asked to vote (via a secure email system) based on criteria including individual and team performance in 2021, the player’s talent and sportsmanship, and the player’s overall career.

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About 40 to 50 women’s football journalists vote on the women’s Ballon d’Or, while 32 former men’s Ballon d’Or winners vote for the best Under-21 men’s player (Kopa Trophy).

Each voter for the Ballon d’Or (men and women) voted for their top five and each vote carried a points total: 

  • 1st place: 6 points
  • 2nd place: 4 points
  • 3rd place: 3 points
  • 4th place: 2 points
  • 5th place: 1 point

Voters for the Kopa Trophy and Yashin Trophy submitted a top three and that points system works slightly differently: 

  • 1st place: 5 points
  • 2nd place: 3 points
  • 3rd place: 1 point

The voting results will be published in the Dec. 4 edition of weekly publication France Football.

Who are the Ballon d’Or finalists?

There are 30 names for the men’s award, 20 for the women’s Ballon d’Or and 10 each for the Kopa and Yashin trophies.

2021 Ballon d’Or — Men

NamePositionClubNational Team
Cesar AzpilicuetaDFChelseaSpain
Nicolo BarellaMFInter MilanItaly
Karim BenzemaFWReal MadridFrance
Leonardo BonucciDFJuventusItaly
Giorgio ChielliniDFJuventusItaly
Kevin De BruyneMFManchester CityBelgium
Ruben DiasDFManchester CityPortugal
Gianluigi DonnarummaGKPSGItaly
Bruno FernandesMFManchester UnitedPortugal
Phil FodenFWManchester CityEngland
Erling HaalandFWBorussia DortmundNorway
Harry KaneFWTottenham HotspurEngland
N’Golo KanteMFChelseaFrance
Simon KjaerDFAC MilanDenmark
Robert LewandowskiFWBayern MunichGermany
Romelu LukakuFWChelseaBelgium
Riyad MahrezFWManchester CityAlgeria
Lautaro Martinez FWInter MilanArgentina
Kylian MbappeFWPSGFrance
Lionel MessiFWPSGArgentina
Luka ModricMFReal MadridCroatia
Gerard Moreno FWVillarrealSpain
Mason MountMFChelseaEngland
PedriMFFC BarcelonaSpain
Cristiano RonaldoFWManchester UnitedPortugal
Mohamed SalahFWLiverpoolEgypt
Raheem Sterling FWManchester CityEngland
Luis SuarezFWAtletico MadridUruguay

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