Golden Ball – Salah, Messi and Ronaldo at the top of the list of preliminary candidates

France Football has announced the list of 30 nominees for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award.

The list witnessed the presence of the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool player, for the third consecutive edition, in the initial list of candidates.

It is also present naturally and usual: Argentine Lionel Messi, and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, the two most crowned players in history.

The European champions Italy was nominated for 4 of its members, while 5 players from Chelsea, the champions of the Champions League, were nominated.

Among the surprises was the nomination of Simon Kayer, captain of Denmark, and Gerard Moreno, top scorer for Villarreal.

The most prominent absentees were: Sadio Mane, Antoine Griezmann, Thibaut Courtois, Frenkie de Jong, Angel Di Maria, Federico Chiesa, Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger, Edward Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich.

The list of nominees is determined by the votes of 180 journalists around the world.

The winner and final standings will be announced on November 29.

List of nominees for the Ballon d’Or 2021:

Algerian Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

France’s N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Norwegian Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Italian Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

England’s Mason Mount (Chelsea)

England’s Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain)

French Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

England’s Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Italian Nicolo Barilla (Inter Milan)

Argentine Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Spaniard Pedri (Barcelona)

Croatian Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Italian Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Belgian Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Brazilian Neymar Jr (Paris Saint-Germain)

Portugal’s Robin Diach (Manchester City)

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Argentinian Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

Denmark’s Simon Kjaer (AC Milan)

Poland’s Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Italian Jorginho (Chelsea)

Egyptian Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Spain’s Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Spain’s Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)

England’s Phil Foden (Manchester City)

French Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Uruguayan Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

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