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In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Golden Ball ceremony was not held for the first time in history. Major football tournaments were postponed, and many championships were suspended or terminated ahead of schedule. But this year, a completely different alignment.
The Golden Ball of 2020 will still be awarded
A month ago, the French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the 2021 Ballon d’Or award ceremony would take place in Paris on December 5. On this day, France Football will present two prizes at once – this is the first such case. The 2020 Golden Ball is likely to find its winner. The award is expected to be received by Robert Lewandowski…
Last year, the Bayern striker became the champion of Germany, the winner of the Champions League, the club world championship, the owner of the UEFA Super Cup, won the German Cup and Super Cup. In addition, Lewandowski became the top scorer of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League (15 goals), scored 34 goals in the 2019/2020 German Liga, and was voted Player of the Year by multiple publications. If Robert wins the award, he will become the first Pole and fourth Bayern player to reach such heights. Earlier, Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer (2), and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (2) received the Golden Ball from the football players of the Munich club.
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Who will win the 2021 Golden Ball?
After Leo Messi’s victory in America’s Cup, fans shouted with one voice that the Argentinean should be given the award. The striker finally lifted the long-awaited trophy in the national team over his head and won the Spanish Cup with Barcelona. In addition, Messi became the top scorer in the championship, scoring 30 goals in the 2020/2021 season. However, his unsuccessful play at the start of the new season does not please PSG fans, and his refusal to shake Pochettino’s hand is confirmation that Leo is not doing well in Paris.
What can not be said about the main rival of Messi – Ronaldo. Cristiano did not seem to leave Manchester: he scored a double in his debut match after his return, scored in the Champions League, and upset West Ham in the championship. Last season, Ronaldo became the top scorer in Serie A, scoring 29 goals and winning the Italian and Super Cup. As for the achievements in the national team, the forward set the world record for the most goals in the history of national groups and became the top scorer of Euro 2020, having scored five goals in four matches. If Ronaldo continues to achieve at this frequency for Manchester United until December, he could win the sixth Ballon d’Or. The world record for the national team, in this case, will be an excellent basis for the award.
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In addition to the two main stars of the 21st century, the award can be received by Donnarumma… The goalkeeper of the Italian national team became the European champion, conceding only three goals in the tournament. Gianluigi played magnificently in the penalty shootout with the British, was named the best player in Euro 2020, and became the best goalkeeper in Serie A.
Among other things, there are two other suitable candidates for the Ballon d’Or – Kante and Jorginho. The Frenchman was Chelsea’s leading figure in the 2020/2021 season, and his extensive midfield work helped Tuchel’s team lift the Champions League trophy overhead. In addition, Kante won the UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea. Such performance should be rewarded. As for Jorginho, the midfielder has won two major trophies of the year – the Champions League (with Chelsea), the European Championship (with Italy), and the UEFA Super Cup.
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