There are several strong contenders for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award. From the usual suspects like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to players who have shown incredible consistency throughout the years, the Ballon d’Or race is set to go to the wire.
The race for the Ballon d’Or prize could well be affected by performances in two major international tournaments this year – Copa America 2021 and Euro 2020. With both the tournaments approaching their conclusion, there are few players who have actually claimed the prize with some decent performances for their respective countries.
Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021 could play a big role in Ballon d’Or 2021 awards
With some of the major contenders for the prize being dropped ahead of Euro 2020, the results of the two major international tournaments could tilt some other players in favor and make them favorites for the coveted individual award.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at 5 favorite players to win the Ballon d’Or award in 2021
#5 Harry Kane (Tottenham/England)
Harry Kane was arguably the best player in the Premier League in the 2020/21 season. The Tottenham Hotspur captain won the Golden Boot and was even the most assists in the league.
After a slow start with England at Euro 2020, Harry Kane has begun to show why he is considered one of the most dangerous strikers in world football at the moment. A highly intelligent player and a deadly clinical finisher, Harry Kane could well become one of the leading contenders for the Ballon d’Or award if England wins Euro 2020.
With 3 goals in the tournament so far, Kane is just 2 behind Euro 2020 Golden Boot leaders – Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrick Schick. If England wins the tournament and if Harry Kane scores a goal in the semi-final or final, he could win the Ballon d’Or award in 2021.
#4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a good individual season. Unfortunately, both his club and country have failed to win major trophies this year (besides the Coppa Italia). The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner was in fine goalscoring form for Portugal at Euro 2020, scoring 5 goals in just 4 matches.
However, with Juventus failing to win either Serie A or the Champions League and Portugal crashing out in the round of 16 against Belgium at Euro 2020, it will be tough for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or this year.
Personally, it has been another great and record-breaking season for the Portugal superstar. If Cristiano Ronaldo somehow manages to win the Euro 2020 Golden Boot and start the new season in fine form, he could have an outside chance of winning another Ballon d’Or award.