Lionel Messi was elected Ballon d’Or France Football 2021. A seventh coronation for the Pulga after a vote marked, as every year, by a few surprising votes.
Monday, Lionel Messi gleaned his seventh Ballon d’Or France Football at the Châtelet theater. A record that will remain forever etched in stone. La Pulga, who obtained 613 points, edged out Polish striker Robert Lewandowski by 33 points. In the end, the Paris Saint-Germain player was classified in first place 59 times, against 47 for Lewandowski.
To top it off, only two juries managed to establish the final ranking in order. These are Vietnam and New Zealand. The journalist from New Zealand even has the luxury of finding for the second time in a row the final ranking of the Ballon d’Or. This Saturday, France Football has therefore unveiled all the votes for this 2021 edition. It should be noted that the number of juries has fallen for the 2021 vintage, 170 against 176 for example in 2019. And like every year, this ranking has some surprises in store.
The incredible position taken by the Argentinian journalist
Starting with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Ranked fourth in the final standings, the international tricolor has yet obtained first place ten times. And the list of countries that have crowned the Madrid striker is rather surprising. Thus, in Bulgaria, the Comoros Islands, Spain, the Ivory Coast, Madagascar, the Sultanate of Oman, Tunisia, Tahiti, Chad and Togo felt that KB9 deserved to win the Ballon d ‘ Gold 2021. Another French player to have distinguished himself in this ranking: N’Golo Kanté.
The Chelsea midfielder who finished fifth in the final standings was acclaimed by five countries: Aruba, Sao Tome and Principe, Estonia, Azerbaijan and Portugal. Finally, PSG striker Kylian Mbappé ninth overall was distinguished by Uzbekistan. Particular precision for this 2021 edition, the Argentine journalist gave no point to Robert Lewandowski. Did you say strange? On the other hand, the Polish journalist was not lacking in discernment since he hoisted Messi to third place in his ranking. Finally, the editor-in-chief of France Football Pascal Ferré crowned Robert Lewandowski in front of Messi, Benzema, Jorginho and Mbappé. To each his own …