Ranking the top 5 favorites for the 2021 Ballon d’Or – July 2021

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There are a lot of good contenders for the Ballon d’Or award in 2021. The Ballon d’Or race is going to go down to the wire, with the obvious suspects like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo up against individuals who have showed great consistency throughout the year.

Performances in the two main international events this year – Copa America 2021 and Euro 2020 – might have a significant impact on the Ballon d’Or race. With both tournaments nearing their end, some players have made a strong case for the honor by putting in strong performances for their respective countries.

Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021 may have a significant impact in the Ballon d’Or award in 2021.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur/England) #5

Ukraine v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Quarter-final
Ukraine v England – UEFA Euro 2020: Quarter-final

In the 2020/21 season, Harry Kane was undoubtedly the finest player in the Premier League. The captain of Tottenham Hotspur won the Golden Boot and also had the most assists in the league.

Harry Kane has started to prove why he is considered as one of the most dangerous strikers in international football after a sluggish start with England at Euro 2020. Harry Kane, a brilliant midfielder with a lethal decisive finish, might likely be one of the leading contenders for the Ballon d’Or award if England wins Euro 2020.

Kane is only two goals behind the Euro 2020 Golden Boot leaders, Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick, with three goals each. If England wins the tournament and Harry Kane scores a goal in the semi-finals or final, he has a good chance of winning the Ballon d’Or in 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal) is ranked fourth in the world.

Portugal v France - UEFA Euro 2020: Group F
Portugal v France – UEFA Euro 2020: Group F

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a fantastic season on his own. His club and country, with the exception of the Coppa Italia, have failed to win major trophies this year. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was in fine form for Portugal at Euro 2020, scoring five goals in in four games.

However, with Juventus failing to win either the Serie A or the Champions League, and Portugal losing in the Round of 16 of Euro 2020 to Belgium, Cristiano Ronaldo’s chances of winning the Ballon d’Or this year are slim.

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