Ballon d'Or awards 2021

By Rajat Pandey|Updated : December 24th, 2021
  • The Ballon d'Or is an annual football award presented by French news magazine France Football that is one of the oldest and generally regarded as the most prestigious individual award for football players.
  • It has been awarded since 1956, although between 2010 and 2015, an agreement was made with FIFA, and the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year (founded in 1991) and known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or. However, the partnership ended in 2016, and the award reverted to the Ballon d'Or, while FIFA also reverted to its own separate annual award The Best FIFA Men's Player.
  • The Ballon d'Or Féminin, also known as the Women's Ballon d'Or, is an association football award presented by France Football that honours the best female association football player. It was first awarded in 2018. 
  • The 2021 Ballon d'Or (French: Ballon d'Or) was the 65th annual ceremony of the Ballon d'Or, presented by France Football, and recognizing the best footballers in the world in 2021.The nominees for the ceremony were announced on 8 October 2021. 


  • Argentina football player Lionel Messi (34 years) has won the men’s Ballon d’Or for a record seventh time.
  • Messi led Argentina to the Copa America title in July after losing in four major international finals.
  • The 34-year-old who is also the star player of Paris St-Germain football club, has won Ballon d'Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021.
  • Final Rankings: 
    1. Lionel Messi (PSG) - 613
    2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - 580
    3. Jorginho (Chelsea) - 460


  • Apart from him, Barcelona's Alexia Putellas (27 years) won the 2021 women’s Ballon d’Or. 
  • Putellas is the third winner of the prize, following in the footsteps of
    Ada Hegerberg, who won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, and United States World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, winner in 2019. The 2020 Ballon d’Or awards were cancelled because of the pandemic.
  •  Final Rankings: 
    1. Alexia Putellas
    2. Jennifer Hermoso
    3. Sam Kerr


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