After the Ballon d’Or 2020 awards were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are finally closing in on this year’s ceremony.
There have been plenty of names rumoured to win the big award after a spectacular year of football that included the 2020 Euros, Chelsea’s Champions League glory and the Copa America.
The last Ballon d’Or went to Lionel Messi in 2019 and the previous year saw Luka Modric claim the crown - the first time the award hadn’t gone to Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since Kaka in 2007.
Here is all you need to know about the 2021 ceremony...
When is the Ballon d’Or 2021?
The men and women’s Ballon d’Or winners will be crowned at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris tomorrow evening (Monday 29th November).
The Kopa Trophy - given to the best men’s U21 player - and also the Yashin Trophy, for the best goalkeeper, will also be handed out at the ceremony.
How to watch the Ballon d’Or ceremony
The event will be streamed live in L’Equipe’s YouTube channel from 7.30pm GMT.
Eurosport will also be streaming the ceremony on their website and app till around 9pm GMT.
Men’s Ballon d’Or shortlist
- Simon Kjaer (AC Milan)
- Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)
- Pedri (Barcelona)
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
- Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
- Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
- Jorginho (Chelsea)
- N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
- Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
- Mason Mount (Chelsea)
- Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)
- Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
- Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
- Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
- Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
- Phil Foden (Manchester City)
- Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
- Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
- Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
- Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
- Lionel Messi (PSG)
- Neymar (PSG)
- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
- Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
- Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
- Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)
Here are the favourites to win the men’s Ballon d’Or 2021, according to Sky Bet.
Lionel Messi - 4/11
Robert Lewandowski - 2/1
Karim Benzema - 2/1
Mohamed Salah - 25/1
Jorginho - 33/1
Cristiano Ronaldo - 66/1