The Argentine wins the France Football award in front of the Polish Bayern striker. Donnarumma closes 10th, just behind Mbappè but takes home the Yashin award as best goalkeeper. Chiellini 13th, Bonucci 14th, Barella 26th. Ronaldo 6th, Neymar only 16th
It ends as expected, no surprises. Leo Messi triumphs, for the seventh time, beating his rival Cristiano Ronaldo by two, only sixth. “But give a prize also to Lewandowski – said the Flea – he deserves it”. The Pole from Bayern has in fact come behind him, but he would certainly have triumphed if in 2020 Covid had not forced the organizers not to award the Golden Ball, now in its 65th edition. “The greatest triumph, however, remains the one in Copa America with Argentina – says Leo – There are seven, I never thought I’d get there … The eighth? I didn’t even believe the sixth or the seventh to be honest. But I want to reach other goals “. Messi (who won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021) then pushes a red button that lights up the Eiffel Tower.
On the podium also the blue Jorginho, European club champion with Chelsea, who wins the club of the year award, and winner with Italy at the European Championships: “A fantastic year, I’m happy and proud of myself and my teams ”he says in a video link, not being able to participate in person due to the new anti Covid rules just put in place by the government of Boris Johnson. Messi’s seventh seal is obviously also number 7 for Argentina, which joins Germany, Holland and Portugal at the top.
Fourth place for Benzema, fifth for Kantè. In sixth place is Cristiano Ronaldo, who precedes Mo Salah and De Bruyne. Mbappè finishes ninth, while Donnarumma has to “settle” for tenth place, but consoles himself with the Yashin award as the best goalkeeper. Behind him Mendy, Oblak, Ederson and Neuer. After the two in the Top 10, we find the pair of Azzurri and Juve center-backs, with Giorgio Chiellini and Leo Bonucci respectively in 13th and 14th place, just behind Romelu Lukaku. Only in 16th place Neymar. Among the protagonists of our championship we also find the Rossoneri Simon Kjaer in 18th place and the Nerazzurri Lautaro Martinez, 21st. Among the 5 Italians in the race, Interista Nicolò Barella is in 26th place. Among the other prizes awarded, Pedri, a 19-year-old starlet from Barcelona, won the Kopa trophy for the best Under 21. Goleador of the year (club and national team) instead is Robert Lewandowski.
The women’s Ballon d’Or goes to Alexia Putellas, Spaniard from Barcelona. The other finalists were, in order of classification: Hermoso (Spa, Barcelona), Kerr (Aus, Chelsea), Miedema (Ola, Arsenal) and Martens (Ola, Barcelona). The film of his career with the memory of his missing father is moving.
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