The Ballon D’Or is the most prestigious individual award in football and we now know the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 edition. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the frontrunners to pick up the award this year.
The list was allegedly leaked, while the official announcement is not expected until Monday, 29 November at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
Looks like the Ballon d'Or list with the 30 nominees have already been leaked. pic.twitter.com/CaihZaIQXr
— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) October 8, 2021
Of the 30 players to make the shortlist this year, 14 currently ply their trade in the Premier League, including five-time winner Ronaldo who made shockwaves in the summer after rejoining Manchester United from Juventus.
Bruno Fernandes is the other United player to feature but it doesn’t look like it will be his year, with the Red Devils failing to win any silverware last term – despite reaching the Europa League final in May.
The biggest surprise on the list is AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer.
What about Luke Shaw?
There’s definitely an argument for Shaw to be included in the 30-man shortlist… at the very least! Not only was he outstanding for United but England at Euro 2020.