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Lewandowski beaten: Lionel Messi wins 7th Ballon d’Or and extends record


Haaland 11th 

Lionel Messi has won his seventh Ballon d”Or since 2009. On Monday night, the 34-year-old Argentine Paris Saint-Germain forward received the trophy, awarded by the French magazine France Football at the Parisian Theatre du Chatelet. Messi finished ahead of Bayern Munich‘s Robert Lewandowski, who received the award for the best forward in 2021, and European Championship winner Jorginho (Chelsea). Dortmund’s Erling Haaland ranked 11th. 

Lewandowski was also the favorite in 2020, but the award was canceled due to the COVID pandemic. Messi won in 2019 and then guided Argentina to their first Copa América victory in 28 years this last summer. 

All Ballon d’Or winners since 1990

1990: Lothar Matthäus (Inter Milan – Germany)

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1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (Olympique Marseille – France)

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1992: Marco van Basten (AC Milan – Netherlands)

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1993: Roberto Baggio (Juventus – Italy)

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1994: Hristo Stoichkov (FC Barcelona – Bulgaria)

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1995: George Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/AC Mailand – Liberia)

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1996: Matthias Sammer (Borussia Dortmund – Brazil)

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1997: Ronaldo (Inter Milan/FC Barcelona – Brazil)

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1998: Zinédine Zidane (Juventus – France)

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1999: Rivaldo (FC Barcelona – Brazil)

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2000: Luís Figo (Real Madrid/FC Barcelona – Portugal)

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2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool – England)

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2002: Ronaldo (Real Madrid – Brazil)

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2003: Pavel Nedved (Juventus – Czech Republic)

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2004: Andrii Shevchenko (AC Milan – Ukraine)

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2005: Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona – Brazil)

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2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus/Real Madrid – Italy)

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2007: Kaká (AC Milan – Brazil)

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2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United – Portugal)

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2009: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona – Argentina)

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2010: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona – Argentina)

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2011: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona – Argentina)

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2012: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona – Argentina)

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2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid – Portugal)

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2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid – Portugal)

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2015: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona – Argentina)

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2016: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid – Portugal)

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2017: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid – Portugal)

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2018: Luka Modric (Real Madrid – Croatia)

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2019: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona – Argentina)

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2021: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/PSG – Argentina)

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Despite another record year, the 2020 treble winner with Bayern Munich missed out on the trophy once again. In the Bundesliga, Lewandowski scored 41 goals in 2020/21, breaking a record set by Gerd Müller. This season, Lewandowski has scored 25 goals in 20 games for Bayern. Together with Ajax’s Sébastien Haller, Lewandowski leads the Champions League in scoring. Messi has been out of form ever since he left Barcelona for PSG. 

Ballon d’Or 2021: Donnarumma best goalkeeper, Pedri wins Trophée Kopa 

The Bundesliga, therefore, remains without a trophy at the Ballon d’Or awards since Matthias Sammer won it in 1996. But the best striker award aside, the German top-flight also missed out on other trophies. Gianluigi Donnarumma ranked ahead of Manuel Neuer. Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Bayern’s Jamal Musiala lost out in the Trophée Kopa, awarded as the best youth player to Barcelona’s Pedri. Another Barcelona player also got to celebrate. Spain’s Alexia Putellas won the Ballon d’Or as the best women’s player. The award for the best team went to Chelsea. 

Messi ahead of Lewandowski: Ballon d’Or 2021 ranking

29. César Azpilicueta – Spain | FC Chelsea

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29. Luka Modrić – Croatia | Real Madrid

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26. Nicolò Barella – Italy | Inter Mailand

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26. Rúben Dias – Portugal | Manchester City

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26. Gerard Moreno – Spain | FC Villarreal

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25. Phil Foden – England | Man City

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24. Pedri – Spain | FC Barcelona

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23. Harry Kane – England | Tottenham Hotspur

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21. Lautaro Martínez – Argentina | Inter Mailand

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21. Bruno Fernandes – Portugal | Manchester United

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20. Riyad Mahrez – Algeria | Man City

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19. Mason Mount – England | FC Chelsea

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18. Simon Kjaer – Denmark | AC Mailand

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17. Luis Suárez – Uruguay | Atlético (Barcelona)

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16. Neymar – Brazil | PSG

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15. Raheem Sterling – England | Man City

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14. Leonardo Bonucci – Italy | Juventus Turin

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13. Giorgio Chiellini – Italy | Juventus Turin

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12. Romelu Lukaku – Belgium | Chelsea (Inter Milan)

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11. Erling Haaland – Norway | Bor. Dortmund

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10. Gianluigi Donnarumma – Italy | PSG (Milan)

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9. Kylian Mbappé – France | PSG

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8. Kevin De Bruyne – Belgium | Manchester City

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7. Mohamed Salah – Egypt | Liverpool

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6. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal | Man United (Juventus)

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5. Ngolo Kanté – France | FC Chelsea

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4. Karim Benzema – France | Real Madrid

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3. Jorginho – Italy | FC Chelsea

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2. Robert Lewandowski – Poland | FC Bayern

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1. Lionel Messi – Argentina | PSG (FC Barcelona)

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Voted by journalists around the world, the Ballon d’Or has been awarded since 1956. Between 2010 and 2015, the trophy was awarded by FIFA as a replacement as the best footballer of the year award. Since 2016, France Football has hosted the show once again. FIFA hosts the best footballer of the year award on Jan. 17, 2022. 



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