France Football has unveiled the ranking of the 30 best players on the planet since 4.30 p.m. this Monday. Two Belgians were among the nominees: Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
At first, the first 20 names have already fallen to constitute the classification from there 30th to 11th place. Big Rom ‘finished 12th in the standings, just behind Haaland. What to honor his superb season with Inter and his Scudetto with the Nerazzurri. The Chelsea striker ends up just behind another phenomenon, Erling Haaland.
At the stroke of 9:05 pm, the name of the 10th classified was revealed. This is Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain / Italy).
In ninth place, we find the French Kylian Mbappé, player of PSG
Here are the 8 players guaranteed to finish in the best places in the ranking of this 2021 edition of the Ballon d’Or:
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona and PSG / Argentina)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich / Poland)
Jorginho (Chelsea / Italy)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid / France)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool / Egypt)
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea / France)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Manchester United / Portugal)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City / Belgium)
Courteous best keeper?
Thibaut Courtois is one of the candidates in the running for the Yachine Trophy, which rewards the best goalkeeper.
Pedri wins Kopa award, Doku 9th
FC Barcelona player Pedri received the Raymond Kopa Trophy, rewarding the best under-21 player of the year, at the Ballon d’Or gala on Monday in Paris. The Spaniard beat the Englishman Jude Bellingham and the German Jamal Musiala and succeeds Matthijs de Ligt, winner in 2019.
Pedri, 19, was the revelation of FC Barcelona last season, playing 52 matches and compiling 4 goals and 4 assists. The young midfielder quickly became a Spain international and was an undisputed starter in La Roja at Euro last summer. In the process, he also played in the Olympic Games with the Spanish hopes. Pedri will have played a total of 73 matches over the 2020-2021 season.
The Barça player also received the Golden Boy Award, presented by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport and which rewards the best player under 21 of the year, last week.
Nominated, Jérémy Doku finished in 9th place.
The Kopa trophy is elected by a jury made up of the winners of the Ballon d’Or, each designating three players in order of merit from a list of ten young players drawn up by the magazine France Football, the organizer. The criteria are individual and collective performance, class, and the ability to register over time.