Ballon d’Or 2021 LIVE as Lionel Messi beats Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to make history

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Lionel Messi won the men’s 2021 Ballon d’Or and a record-breaking seventh trophy, at an awards ceremony in Paris on Monday evening.

Messi, 34, withstood the challenge of Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, Karim Benzema of Real Madrid and Jorginho of Chelsea to win the award and stand out by two in his long-standing battle with five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who was among the 30 shortlisted players but failed to make the top three for the first time in 11 years.

Messi was the favorite to receive the award after winning the Copa America with Argentina earlier this year – his first major international trophy – despite one of his less impressive periods at club level: Barcelona finished third in the La Liga and fell in the Champions League knockout first round. However, Messi scored two goals as Barca won the Copa del Rey final and he was La Liga’s top scorer again, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Lewandowski took home the consolation prize for the new striker of the year award, while the women’s Ballon d’Or went to Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas.

Further awards went to Gianluigi Donnarumma for the Yashin Trophy for Best Goalkeeper, Barcelona midfielder Pedri as the starlet received the Kopa Trophy and another new award went to Chelsea for the club from the year for his achievements in the field with the men’s and women’s teams. . You can follow all the latest updates and reactions below. Keep up to date with all the latest news by signing up for our free email alerts by click here.

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Again for the winners!

Congratulation to Lionel messi and Alexia Putellas, the triumphant duo at the Ballon d’Or 2021.

Yashin Trophy: Gigi Donnarumma

Forward of the Year: Robert Lewandowski

Club of the Year: Chelsea

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Karl Matchett29 November 2021 23:30

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Lionel Messi wants Robert Lewandowski to receive ‘deserved’ Ballon d’Or for 2020

Lionel Messi emerged victorious from the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday night – then told organizers they should go back and hand out the prize they didn’t win last year.

A year ago Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was the overwhelming favorite to win, but the ongoing pandemic has meant France Football has chosen not to hand over the title at all when they couldn’t hold the ceremony and that football was played behind closed doors for the most part.

Messi won his seventh title in the game’s greatest individual honor, Lewandowski ultimately finishing second this year – although he received another award, with the new forward of the year returning to the Poland international.

In his grand prize acceptance speech, Messi had a word for the Bayern star and told the hosts to act now where they opted against 12 months ago.

Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 11:25 PM

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Gianluigi Donnarumma wins Yashin Goalkeeper Trophy at 2021 Ballon d’Or awards ceremony

Gianluigi Donnarumma won the Yashin Trophy, awarded to the best goalkeeper in the world this year during the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris.

The Italian No.1 played a starring role in his Euro 2020 triumph with crucial penalties on penalties and maintained a stingy defensive record throughout the competition, and he was named player of the tournament. . His club form, however, has been less impressive, having only made a few appearances so far since trading AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer due to injury and the form of Keylor Navas.

Donnarumma, 22, faced competition from Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, who was exceptional under Thomas Tuchel and kept the goal as the Blues won the Champions League last season, while helping them reach the top of the Premier League this season with just five goals conceded. .

Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 11:11 PM

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Chelsea take Club of the Year trophy at 2021 Ballon d’Or awards ceremony

Chelsea were named the first recipient of the New Club of the Year award at the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony.

The Blues had a number of individuals who were all aiming for prizes in their respective categories, which underscored how well the men’s and women’s teams had performed in their respective seasons. None of their stars ultimately won, but the consolation came in receiving the club’s award for their efforts on the pitch.

Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 10:58 PM

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Robert Lewandowski wins Forward of the Year award at 2021 Ballon d’Or award ceremony after prolific year with Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski received the top striker of the year award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony.

The new award was announced just before the finalist rankings began to be revealed, with the Club of the Year also being awarded for the first time at this year’s event.

Lewandowski’s consistency in free scoring made him a favorite to win the 2020 Ballon d’Or which was eventually called off, and he was also among the contenders to take home this year’s award before Messi claimed the award.

Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 10:40 PM

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Pedri wins Kopa trophy at Ballon d’Or 2021 awards ceremony after shining for Barcelona and Spain

Barcelona and Spanish prodigy Pedri won the prestigious Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best young male football player, during the 2021 Ballon d’Or award ceremony.

Pedri, who turned 19 last week, had a decisive season in Barcelona’s first team, making 37 of their 38 league appearances, and also won in the Spanish national team, showing proof of supreme technique and a balance on the ball reminiscent of one of his idols, Andres Iniesta.

He was voted Young Player of the Tournament at this summer’s European Championship and was the only Spanish player to be named to the Euros tournament squad, before also taking part in the Olympic Games. In total, Pedri has played 73 remarkable games for club and country during the 2020-21 season.

Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 10:25 PM

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Ballon d’Or 2021: Celebration of the winners

Chelsea to Catalonia, Paris to Bavaria. The winners are celebrating and their families, teammates and supporters also join them!

Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 10:10 PM

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Alexia Putellas wins 2021 Ballon d’Or after starring in Barcelona’s triple season

Alexia Putellas won the Women’s Ballon d’Or after a sensational year for Barcelona in which she helped the team achieve a dominant treble.

Putellas was instrumental in the success of the Barcelona Femeni by winning the league, the cup and the Spanish Champions League. The 27-year-old midfielder, who regularly wore the captain’s armband during the 2020-21 season, has scored in both cup finals and her calendar year has included 37 goals and 27 assists to date.

Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 10:03 PM

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Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or 2021 and takes seventh record trophy

Lionel Messi won the men’s 2021 Ballon d’Or and a record-breaking seventh trophy, at an awards ceremony in Paris on Monday evening.

Messi, 34, withstood the challenge of Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, Karim Benzema of Real Madrid and Jorginho of Chelsea to win the award and stand out by two in his long-standing battle with five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who was among the 30 shortlisted players but failed to make the top three for the first time in 11 years.

Messi was the favorite to receive the award after winning the Copa America with Argentina earlier this year – his first major international trophy – despite one of his less impressive periods at club level: Barcelona finished third in the La Liga and fell in the Champions League knockout first round. However, Messi scored two goals as Barca won the Copa del Rey final and he was La Liga’s top scorer again, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Lewandowski took home the consolation prize for the new striker of the year award, while the women’s Ballon d’Or went to Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas.

Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 9:47 PM

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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi and Putellas win in Paris

Lionel Messi also had a message for the finalist tonight:

“Everyone knows it and we all agree that you were the winner last year. With a bit of luck [France Football] give you the Ballon d’Or 2020. “

Suppose the alternative is that they both go and score 50 goals each again in 2022 and we fight again in 12 months …

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Karl MatchettNovember 29, 2021 9:32 PM

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