Ballon d’Or 2021 Rankings: Bundesliga star leading the chase as Ronaldo falters

Robert Lewandowski-Bayern Munich

The Ballon d’Or was cancelled last year because of the Coronavirus pandemic but the prestigious event is set to make its return once again.

Here at Anytime Football, we look at the top 20 contenders who could end up winning the award this year.

Robert Lewandowski

The Polish international has been in sublime form over the last two seasons and he was undoubtedly the best player in the world last year.  If the Ballon d’Or had not been cancelled last year, he would have surely won the award.

Robert Lewandowski’s performances have not dropped this year and he is once again the favourite to win the prestigious individual award.

Lionel Messi

The Argentine superstar had a mediocre start to the season but he has been in red hot form recently.

Lionel Messi is undoubtedly the best player of his generation and he will definitely be in the conversation to win the best player award this year as well.

Kylian Mbappe

The PSG superstar has been outstanding in the French League and he played a big role in the demolition of Barcelona in the Champions League.

He will be one of the frontrunners to win the Ballon d’Or this season.

Luis Suarez

Selling him was a major mistake from Barcelona and the Uruguayan is showing the Catalan club what they are missing right now. He’s the top scorer in the Spanish League and he is leading Atletico Madrid to a League title currently.

Erling Haaland

The Dortmund striker has scored 31 goals in all competitions so far this season and he is undoubtedly the best striker in the world after Robert Lewandowski.

Harry Kane

The Tottenham forward has taken his game to another level this season. He has always been an elite goal scorer but this year the Tottenham star has been equally good in the creative department and he has provided numerous assists for his teammates.

Ruben Dias

The Portuguese defender joined Manchester City with a lot of expectations and he has managed to live up to them so far.

City were in desperate need of a defensive overhaul and Dias has improved them immensely and he will certainly be their player of the year if they manage to win the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah

 The Egyptian is currently the top scorer in the Premier League despite Liverpool‘s struggles and he continues to show what a reliable performer he is at the top level.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese superstar has scored quite a few goals this season but his performances have not been up to the mark and he has failed to step-up when his side needed him the most.

However,  Cristiano Ronaldo is still better than most players around and he will certainly be one of the names vying for the Ballon d’Or honour.

Romelu Lukaku

The Inter Milan striker is one of the main reasons why his club are in the title race so far.

He has been outstanding for the Italian club since leaving Manchester United and he has established himself as one of the most lethal goalscorers on the planet right now.

Other honourable mentions for the Ballon d’Or award include the likes of,