The Ballon Dor also called the Golden ball is so far the most popular award in the football world .
Other Awards in same category is the “FIFA Men’s Player of the Year” award , the Golden boot which goes to the highest scorer in Europes top five leagues .
The award event was cancelled in 2020 due to the covid 19 pandemic , Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich was the favourite for the award due to his brilliance before goal that lead to the team winning the sextuple .
Voting for the Ballon Dor winner is done by reputable journalist’s , Captains of some selected national teams ,the nominees , amongst others . So far, voting has been closed and we all expect the winner to be announced on the 20th of October.
Below are the top three favorites for the award.
3. Karim Benzema :
The France National has played at the top level for some time now, he played a key role during Real Madrid’s UCL dominance period in the Ronaldo era and has also been at his best since Ronaldo left the club.
He played a key role in Real Madrid’s la liga title contest with Atletico Madrid and the likes of Barcelona, but of course Atletico Madrid managed to win the title Narrowly.
He also featured in France European Nation’s League title journey of which he helped them claim the title.
Benzema has also been clinical this season ,beign the player with the highest Goal + Assist contributions in Europe’s top five (5) league so far.
Undoubtedly, Karim Benzema cannot be ignored when we speak of the real favorites for the title.
2. Robert Lewandowski :
The Polish captain and Bayern Munich striker is undoubtedly one of the top fovourite’s for the award, though he was “robbed” in 2020 of the award due to the pandemic .
He has emerged once again as a top favourite for the title .
The Bayern player has won three (3) titles in 2021 (Bundesliga ,Supercup and Club World ).
He also won the European Golden boot ,the IFSHS Men’s Player of the year award and also netted 3 goals in 3games for Poland in the Europe Nation’s League, he also broke Gerd Mullers Bundesliga record for the most goals scored in a season which had lasted for decades .
Hence Robert Lewandowski cannot be taken out so far as the top favourite for the award is concerned.
1. Lionel Messi :
The Argentina and PSG playmaker is so far the top favourite according top media sources and sports analyst , Messi emerged the top scorer of La liga and carried a weak Barcelona side to win the Copa del rey title and also led Argentina to claim their first Copa America title in over two and half decades.
He also emerged the top scorer and top assist in both competitions , if anything can stop Messi from claiming his Seventh Ballon Dor , It will obviously be his slow start of the season in PSG as he is still struggling to adapt to the French league.