The first five nominations for this year’s Golden Ball Award (Ballon d’Or) have been announced.
The prestigious award from the French news magazine France Football is one of the oldest and most prestigious individual awards in professional football.
Among them Lionel Messi (6), Cristiano Ronaldo (5), Zinedine Zidane (1) and Marco van Basten (3).
This year’s roster includes Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Halland, Juventus veteran Leonardo Bonucci and Chelsea midfielders Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante.
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⭐️ First five 2021 men's Ballon d'Or nominees have been revealed:
✅ Riyad Mahrez
✅ N'Golo Kante
✅ Erling Haaland
✅ Leonardo Bonucci
✅ Mason Mount pic.twitter.com/gThSZgkHl8
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 8, 2021