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The Ballon d'Or returns in November

The Ballon d'Or returns in November

The Ballon d'Or gets set to come back this November after a year's absence. It is undoubtedly the most eminent individual prize in football.

The Ballon d'Or was abandon last year in the rise of the Covid-19. We've almost had a year and a half of non-stop action in football since the Covid-19 break. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have influenced the Ballon d'Or in modern times.

The Ballon d'Or has staged the Lionel Messi - Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry for more than a decade now. Lionel Messi has won it with a record of six times in the last 13 editions of the Ballon d'Or award, while Cristiano Ronaldo is just behind with five. But this time around, the Ballon d'Or award race has been stormed wide open, and there are plenty of worthy candidates.

Without further due, let's take a look at five of the favorites to win the Ballon d'Or this term.

#5 N'Golo Kante (France/Chelsea)

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Chelsea's war machine N'Golo Kante had got chosen as the UEFA Midfielder of the Year. He was possibly the Blues' best player as they won the UEFA Champions League last season. Kante turned in unforgettable performances in the final phase of the continental competition.

The Frenchman N'Golo Kante is a hard-working defensive midfielder whose primary work is to prevent the opposite team players from having too much time on the ball. He hounds them unappeasably and disrupts their flow, forcing them off their natural game.

Kante is also exceptionally gifted in a technical sense. He is good at developing the ball and is excellent at link-up play. He didn't have a great outing with UEFA France at Euro 2020 as Les Bleus crashed out in the Round of 16 vs. Switzerland.

France has made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League, which will take place next week. N'Golo Kante can further improve his credentials by helping his team to yet another title.

#4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Manchester United)

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Cristiano Ronaldo had an excellent September. Ronaldo overtook Iran's Ali Daei as the men's leading international goalscorer with support against the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Cristiano Ronaldo also bagged a guide in his second debut Manchester United. He also scored a few important goals for the club, including a 95th-minute winner vs. Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League match.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Golden Boot at UEFA Euro 2020, where he scored five goals and provided an assist in four appearances for Portugal. He was also the recipient of the Serie A Golden Boot last term, scoring 29 goals in 33 league appearances.

Ronaldo might struggle to make it to the Ballon d'Or podium this time, but there's no doubt that despite being 36-years-old, he has put up a great fight.

#3 Jorginho (Italy/Chelsea)

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Well, no player has had a victorious and glorious summer as Jorginho. Chelsea's midfield lynchpin was a soothing presence in the center of the park as the Blues claimed the UEFA Champions League the previous season.

He repeated his heroics at UEFA Euro 2020, playing a significant role in Italy's triumphant run at the continental matches. Not only is Jorginho magnificent at distributing the ball and adaptive play from deep, but he is also adept at renouncing his defensive duties.

He topped the charts for interceptions by (25), recoveries (46), and fouls drawn (18) at Euro 2020. There is an argument that it wasn't Jorginho's brilliance that enabled him to win all these titles. While that is partially true, his influence cannot get overlooked.
Jorginho was also chosen as the UEFA Men's Player of the Year after Chelsea added the UEFA Super Cup to their kitty.

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#2 Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich)

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Robert Lewandowski is arguably the finest striker on the planet right now. The Polish international has been scoring goals at an incredibly prolific rate, and Bayern Munich has been cruising thanks to his exploits.

While Poland's group-stage exit at Euro 2020 will hamper Lewandowski's chances of winning the Ballon d'Or, he still scored three goals in three appearances. The 33-year-old scored 48 goals and provided nine assists in 40 appearances across all competitions for the Bavarians in the 2020-21 season.

He has started the 2021-22 season in the same vein. Lewandowski has 13 goals in nine appearances across all competitions for Bayern Munich so far this term. If he can keep this going until December, there's every chance that Lewandowski will get a much-deserved Ballon d'Or.

#1 Lionel Messi (Argentina/Paris Saint-Germain)

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Lionel Messi has been incredible in 2021. After getting off to a slow and steady start to the 2020-21 season, Messi single-handedly dragged Barcelona back into the La Liga title race. Ultimately, it didn't amount to much, but Messi still won the Pichichi trophy, scoring 30 goals and supplying 11 assists in 35 La Liga appearances.

He also inspired the Catalans to a Copa Del Rey triumph. Messi was chosen as the tournament's best player as La Albiceleste won the Copa America this past summer after a 28-year drought. He scored four goals and dispensed five assists for La Albiceleste in the continental competition.

The summer didn't end there for Messi as he got forced to leave Barcelona due to their financial woes. He has moved to Paris Saint-Germain and has reunited with Neymar Jr. If Messi can keep up his excellent form, he could very well win a record seventh Ballon d'Or.

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