Ballon d'Or 2021: Date, UK Time, Odds, Nominees And Everything You Need To Know

Ballon d'Or 2021 is expected to take place during the first week of December 2021.

The prestigious Ballon d'Or awards ceremony is making a return for 2021 and we have everything that you need to know about this special annual event.

Each year, the footballing world takes a step back from the pitches to recognise who is the greatest player in the world, as well as an array of other awards that are handed out on the night including the best XI.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo have gone head to head over the past 10 years for this elusive accolade - with the pair taking eight of the last nine awards between them. 

Messi holds the record for the most Ballon d'Or awards of all time, with six to the Argentinian's name, with Ronaldo close behind with five. With last year's event cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 will be the year where the world's best player is crowned once more.

Scroll down to see the winners of the Ballon d'Or during the 2010s:

Messi with his six Ballon d'Or awards - a record in football.
  • 2010: Lionel Messi
  • 2011: Lionel Messi
  • 2012: Lionel Messi
  • 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2015: Lionel Messi
  • 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2018: Luka Modric
  • 2019: Lionel Messi
  • 2020: No award ceremony took place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with Messi and Ronaldo no longer playing in Spain, it looks likely that the personal accolade will move away from the Southern European nation for the first time since Ronaldo picked up the award while playing for Manchester United in 2008.

So, what about this year's event? Here is everything that we know so far about the Ballon d'Or 2021.


Ballon d'Or 2021 Date

Lionel Messi pictured with the Ballon d'Or trophy.

At the time of writing, the official date for the Ballon d'Or has yet to be announced by France Football, which typically takes place at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. However, judging by events from previous years, the award was handed out on the first Monday of December, which would mean that this year's event would take place on Monday 6th December 2021.

However, this has not yet been confirmed by the publication so we will update this section as soon as more details emerge in the coming weeks and months - so stay tuned!


Ballon d'Or 2021 UK Time

It is unclear what time the award ceremony will take place in the UK at this time. We will update this section once it is made clear by France Football.


Ballon d'Or 2021 Nominees

Ballon d'Or World XI in 2015

The nominees for this year's award have yet to be published by France Football. But you can expect the majority of the top players in world football to be in with a shout of winning the award - all of which looking to topple Messi from the top spot.

All of the nominees for the Ballon d'Or 2021 were leaked on social media recently (via Football For All), who revealed the following candidates in line for the personal accolade:

Men's Nominees

  • Cesar Azpilicueta
  • Nicolo Barella
  • Karim Benzema
  • Leonardo Bonucci
  • Kevin de Bruyne
  • Giorgio Chiellini
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Ruben Dias
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma
  • Bruno Fernandes
  • Phil Foden 
  • Erling Haaland
  • Jorginho
  • Harry Kane
  • N'Golo Kante
  • Simon Kjaer
  • Robert Lewandowski
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Riyad Mahrez
  • Lautaro Martinez
  • Kylian Mbappe
  • Lionel Messi
  • Luka Modric
  • Gerard Moreno
  • Mason Mount
  • Neymar
  • Pedri
  • Mohamed Salah
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Luis Suarez

Women's Nominees

  • Marie-Antionette Katoto
  • Stina Blackstenius
  • Magdelena Eriksson
  • Sam Keer
  • Alexia Putellas
  • Wendie Renard
  • Samantha Mewis
  • Pernille Harder
  • Vivianne Miedema
  • Sandra Panos
  • Lieke Martens
  • Jessie Fleming
  • Irene Paredes
  • Ashley Lawrence
  • Christine Sinclair
  • Ellen White
  • Christiane Endler
  • Jennifer Hermoso
  • Fran Kirby
  • Kadidiatou Diani

Ballon d'Or 2021 Odds

Erling Haaland

So who is in with a shout to win this year? Well, a lot of the attention will be towards the usual suspects such as Messi, Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe, of course. It would be foolish to overlook them.

But with Chelsea winning the Champions League and Italy triumphing at Euro 2020, the likes of N'Golo Kane and Jorginho will be in contention - as well as Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne who continues to amaze with his ability every week. Even Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland will have his fair share of fans to pick up the award after his extraordinary 2020/21 campaign.

Here are the latest odds regarding which player will be crowned the world's best footballer:

Lionel Messi: 1/2

Robert Lewandowski: 5/1

Jorginho: 6/1

N'Golo Kante: 12/1

Kevin de Bruyne: 12/1

Cristiano Ronaldo: 16/1

Harry Kane: 16/1

Raheem Sterling: 25/1

Kylian Mbappe: 33/1

Neymar: 33/1

Romelu Lukaku: 40/1

Ciro Immobile: 40/1

Giorgio Chiellini: 50/1

Erling Haaland: 50/1

Gianluigi Donnarumma: 66/1

Ruben Dias: 66/1

Bruno Fernandes: 70/1

Lorenzo Insigne: 80/1

Paul Pogba: 80/1

Luke Shaw: 90/1

Jadon Sancho: 100/1

Leonardo Bonucci: 100/1

Phil Foden: 100/1

Manuel Neuer: 100/1

Marco Reus: 100/1

Georginio Wijnaldum: 100/1

Luis Suarez: 100/1

Riyad Mahrez: 100/1

John Stones: 100/1

Mohamed Salah: 150/1

We will update these odds weekly to ensure that you are fully up to date!


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