Two major summer competitions are over, and although there’s still plenty of time for players to make their cases for this year’s Ballon d’Or we have a much better picture of the serious contenders for the award.
An award that has been dominated by two players for the past 12 years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will certainly figure into the equation once again in 2021.
However, other names have entered the fold and 2021 could be an opportunity for an outsider to bring home the prestigious trophy for the first time since 2018 when Luka Modric did so.
Messi leads the all-time Ballon d’Or tally with six awards to his name, while Ronaldo is close behind with five titles.
Throughout the history of the award, other legends of the sport like Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Frank Beckenbauer have all taken home Ballon d’Or honors at least twice.
Here are ONE37pm’s top 10 Ballon d’Or candidates post-Euro 2020 and Copa America.