Cristiano Ronaldo has a very difficult chance to win the 6th Ballon d’Or title when he has experienced a disappointing season with Juventus.
VIDEO: Ronaldo carried Juventus to win against Udinese (Source: FPT Television)
After a year of pause for objective reasons, the race won the magazine’s Golden Ball title France Football has been hot back this year. Besides the familiar superstars of this title, the year 2021 witnessed the rise of young stars, typically Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
According to Goal, Kylian Mbappe is the leading name in the race. Since the beginning of the year, the 2018 World Cup champions have scored 23 goals, 3 assists and won the French Super Cup. If with PSG crowned in the Champions League, the tournament in which they reached the semi-finals, the Golden Ball title is difficult to escape the 22-year-old striker.
Lionel Messi, despite being eliminated from the European Cup with Barcelona, is still highly appreciated with 2nd place. Weekend
Before, El Pulga had a super double to help the Catalan team go upstream to beat Valencia to continue the La Liga championship race. The year 2021 also saw a booming Messi with 26 goals, 9 assists and the Copa del Rey title.
Compared to his longtime rival, Cristiano Ronaldo is lagging far behind. The new Portuguese striker found the feeling of scoring after a series of three consecutive games. This is a good signal for CR7 and Juventus in the upcoming tough Champions League ticket battle.
In the list of 20 players with a great chance to win the Goal’s Golden Ball, the Premier League accounts for the majority with 10 names. This is also reasonable when English football is showing strength in both the Champions League as well as the Europa League.
Top 20 QBV 2021 candidates and reference figures (according to Goal):
|first||Kylian Mbappe||PSG||23||3||French Super Cup|
|2||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||26||9||Copa del Rey|
|3||Kevin De Bruyne||Man City||8||7||Carabao Cup|
|4||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||26||3||FIFA Club World Cup|
|5||Romelu Lukaku||Inter||14||6||Serie A|
|6||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||16||3||–|
|7||Ilkay Gundogan||Man City||14||5||Carabao Cup|
|8||Neymar||PSG||6||5||French Super Cup|
|9||Cristiano Ronaldo||Juventus||19||3||Italian Super Cup|
|11||Phil Foden||Man City||9||6||Carabao Cup|
|13||Ruben Dias||Man City||first||–||Carabao Cup|
|15||Toni Kroos||Real Madrid||2||8||–|
|19||Riyad Mahrez||Man City||7||6||Carabao Cup|
|20||Luis Suarez||Atletico Madrid||11||first||–|
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