August 13, 2022
How To Watch Ballon d'Or 2021 Tonight In Africa

How To Watch Ballon d'Or 2021 Tonight In Africa

One of the most prestigious individual awards in world football will be awarded Monday when the 2021 men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) winners are unveiled.

The awards return after a one-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A formal ceremony will be held in Paris and broadcast to a global audience. The best young men’s player (Kopa Trophy) and top men’s goalkeeper (Yashin Trophy) will also be recognized.

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Lionel Messi could win a record seventh men’s Ballon d’Or, though Bayern Munich and Poland forward Robert Lewandowski is deemed deserving by many, especially after missing out last year when the Ballon d’Or was scratched.

Messi was the last player to win the award, earning the honor in 2019, and he and eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo have shared 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or trophies. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is the only man to have broken their duopoly, winning in 2018, but he is not among the 30 finalists in 2021. The first men’s Ballon d’Or was awarded in 1956.

There are 20 nominees for the women’s Ballon d’Or. Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema are among the front-runners. The last winner — Megan Rapinoe in 2019 — isn’t a finalist, but there are three Canada Olympic gold medal winners and one American, Samantha Mewis, who is not likely to win given the stiff competition.

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How to watch 2021 Ballon d’Or

  • Date: Monday, Nov. 29
  • Time: 2:30 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. French sports daily L’Equipe will also carry the live broadcast on its channels.

The ceremony at the Théâtre du Chatelet will reveal the male and female Ballon d’Or winners, the Kopa Trophy (best Under-21 young player) and the Yashin Trophy (best goalkeeper).

There were six editions (2010 through 015) in which the Ballon d’Or, run by French weekly France Football, was known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or after it fused with the FIFA Player of the Year award. FIFA broke away and started The Best FIFA Football Awards beginning with 2016 (awarded in January 2017).

Who will win the Ballon d’Or?

According to U.S. sportsbooks DraftKings and Pointsbest and Canada’s Sports Interaction, it’s essentially a two-horse race. Lionel Messi is the favorite at DraftKings and Sports Interaction, while Robert Lewandowski is a slight favorite at Pointsbet.

With no slam-dunk candidates this year, there was plenty of media chatter during the summer about Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho potentially emerging as a surprise winner following his role in Italy’s victory at Euro 2021. Then Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah earned media buzz with his hot start to the 2021-22 season in the Premier League just as voters were submitting their rankings in October.

But there seems to be a consensus that Messi’s first trophy with the Argentina senior national team at the 2021 Copa America will tip the voting in his favor, even ahead of the prolific Lewandowski, who set a Bundesliga single-season goals record and currently tops the UEFA Champions League scorers’ list. Lewandowski has more 2021 goals than Messi (64-41) and more club trophies (3-1). He could receive the nod from voters given he was the favorite last year before the 2020 award was canceled.

CBS’s crew of soccer analysts, including Thierry Henry, the second-place finisher in the 2013 Ballon d’Or race, believes that Messi will win out, though they would prefer to see others. Henry and Alex Scott were divided on the women’s award.

Odds are available for the men’s award and are updated below as of Sunday, Nov. 28.

Player DraftKings Pointsbet Sports Interaction
Lionel Messi -300 -125 -185
Robert Lewandowski +125 -150 +125
Karim Benzema +2200 +2200 +2800
Mohamed Salah +2500 +2500 +2500
Jorginho +2800 +3000 +3300
N’Golo Kante +5000 +5000 +5000
Kevin De Bruyne +5000 +5000 +5000
Cristiano Ronaldo +5000 +5000 +5000
Romelu Lukaku +6500 +7000 +8800
Kylian Mbappe +6500 +6000 +6600
Neymar +6500 +7000 +9000
Gianluigi Donnarumma +6500 +6000 +6600
Bruno Fernandes +6500 +6000 +6600
Simon Kjaer +6500 +6000  —
Harry Kane +6500 +6000 +6600

How does voting for the Ballon d’Or work?

Voting for the men’s Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy closed 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.

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) give their top five; voters for the Kopa Trophy and Yashin Trophy submit a top three. In each case, points are assigned to each placement and the player with the most points wins the award.

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

According to France Football’s editor-in-chief, the weekly’s editorial staff comes up with the list of finalists before distributing it to voters.

Who are the Ballon d’Or finalists?

Here is the full list of candidates for the four different awards. 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 awards.

2021 Ballon d’Or — Men

Name Position Club National Team
Cesar Azpilicueta DF Chelsea Spain
Nicolo Barella MF Inter Milan Italy
Karim Benzema FW Real Madrid France
Leonardo Bonucci DF Juventus Italy
Giorgio Chiellini DF Juventus Italy
Kevin De Bruyne MF Manchester City Belgium
Ruben Dias DF Manchester City Portugal
Gianluigi Donnarumma GK PSG Italy
Bruno Fernandes MF Manchester United Portugal
Phil Foden FW Manchester City England
Erling Haaland FW Borussia Dortmund Norway
Jorginho MF Chelsea Italy
Harry Kane FW Tottenham Hotspur England
N’Golo Kante MF Chelsea France
Simon Kjaer DF AC Milan Denmark
Robert Lewandowski FW Bayern Munich Germany
Romelu Lukaku FW Chelsea Belgium
Riyad Mahrez FW Manchester City Algeria
Lautaro Martinez FW Inter Milan Argentina
Kylian Mbappe FW PSG France
Lionel Messi FW PSG Argentina
Luka Modric MF Real Madrid Croatia
Gerard Moreno FW Villarreal Spain
Mason Mount MF Chelsea England
Neymar FW PSG Brazil
Pedri MF FC Barcelona Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo FW Manchester United Portugal
Mohamed Salah FW Liverpool Egypt
Raheem Sterling FW Manchester City England
Luis Suarez FW Atletico Madrid Uruguay

2021 Ballon d’Or — Women

Name Position Club National Team
Stina Blackstenius FW BK Hacken Sweden
Kadidiatou Diani FW PSG France
Christiane Endler GK Olympique Lyon Chile
Magdalena Eriksson DF Chelsea Sweden
Jessie Fleming MF Chelsea Canada
Pernille Harder FW Chelsea Denmark
Jennifer Hermoso FW FC Barcelona Spain
Marie-Antoinette Katoto FW PSG France
Sam Kerr FW Chelsea Australia
Fran Kirby FW Chelsea England
Ashley Lawrence DF PSG Canada
Lieke Martens MF FC Barcelona Netherlands
Samantha Mewis MF NC Courage USA
Vivianne Miedema FW Arsenal Netherlands
Sandra Panos GK FC Barcelona Spain
Irene Paredes DF FC Barcelona Spain
Alexia Putellas MF FC Barcelona Spain
Wendie Renard DF Olympique Lyon France
Christine Sinclair FW Portland Thorns Canada
Ellen White FW Manchester City England

2021 Kopa Trophy finalists

Name Position Club National Team
Jude Bellingham MF Borussia Dortmund England
Jeremy Doku FW Rennes Belgium
Ryan Gravenberch MF Ajax Netherlands
Mason Greenwood FW Manchester United England
Nuno Mendes DF PSG Portugal
Jamal Musiala MF Bayern Munich Germany
Pedri MF FC Barcelona Spain
Giovanni Reyna MF Borussia Dortmund USA
Bukayo Saka FW Arsenal England
Florian Wirtz MF Bayer Leverkusen Germany

2021 Yashin Trophy finalists

Name Position Club National Team
Thibaut Courtois GK Real Madrid Belgium
Gianluigi Donnarumma GK PSG Italy
Ederson GK Manchester City Brazil
Samir Handanovic GK Inter Milan Slovenia
Emiliano Martínez GK Aston Villa Argentina
Edouard Mendy GK Chelsea Senegal
Keylor Navas GK PSG Costa Rica
Manuel Neuer GK Bayern Munich Germany
Jan Oblak GK Atletico Madrid Slovenia
Kasper Schmeichel GK Leicester City Denmark

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