That's all, folks!
Thanks for sticking with us through the ceremony tonight, which was quick and to-the-point and not long and dragged out at all.
As a quick recap, Lionel Messi was given his seventh Ballon d'Or trophy (Cristiano Ronaldo has five and will likely never catch up now), while Robert Lewandowski was named Striker of the Year, a new prize likely created just for him due to the 2020 edition being cancelled. Alexia Putellas was named the Women's Ballon d'Or winner, while Gianluigi Donnarumma picked up the Yashin Trophy and Pedri won the Kopa Trophy for being the best player under the age of 21.
Congratulations to all the winners (and for you, for sticking with this liveblog) and so long and bonne nuit!
WATCH: Lionel Messi receives Ballon d'Or from Luis Suarez 💙
Tonight's big winners 🤩
Maybe next year...?
Jamie Carragher has added his two cents 🤪
WATCH: Messi lights up Eiffel Tower
🗣 Messi: "It's been a real honour to compete with Robert"
Lionel Messi thanked Robert Lewandowski in his speech as he accepted his seventh Ballon d'Or, and added that the Bayern striker should be awarded the 2020 prize.
Messi said: "I’d like to mention Robert, it’s been a real honour to compete with him. I think France Football should award you your 2020 Ballon d’Or, you deserved it.”
Lewandowski pays tribute to Messi and Putellas
Yes, maybe we all would have liked to see Robert Lewandowski clinch a first-ever Ballon d'Or trophy in 2020 – the one year the award ceremony was skipped due to Covid-19 disruptions – but he did have a whole new award made entirely in his honour! That ain't a bad feat.
Congratulations to all 👏
Congratulations Leo Messi and @alexiaputellas winners of the #BallonDor2021, congratulations also to all nominated players!👏 I won Striker of the Year Award and no Player can win an individual award without strongest team and loyal fans behind him. Thank you for your support🤜🤛 pic.twitter.com/I6j4BtluYS— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) November 29, 2021
Ballon d'Or Top 10 revealed
1. Lionel Messi | 613 pts
2. Robert Lewandowski | 580 pts
3. Jorginho | 460 pts
4. Karim Benzema | 239 pts
5. N'Golo Kante | 186 pts
6. Cristiano Ronaldo | 178 pts
7. Mohamed Salah | 121 pts
8. Kevin De Bruyne | 73 pts
9. Kylian Mbappe | 58 pts
10. Gianluigi Donnarumma | 36 pts
Lionel Messi now has an astounding seven Ballons d'Or, comfortably edging out rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who has five trophies to his name (and who notably did not attend tonight's ceremony, but not because he finished sixth or anything). Not that anyone is keeping count, though.
Lionel Messi and the Ballon d'Or.— GOAL (@goal) November 29, 2021
Name a more iconic duo. pic.twitter.com/4DRss4RuuO
There's just no one else like him 🪐
When your dad is the 🐐
👑 Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'Or
Congratulations, Leo! He lifts his seventh Ballon d'Or this year, with Robert Lewandowski taking a second-placed finish.
Lionel Messi lifted the Copa America for the first time in his career this summer with Argentina, and completed a move from Barcelona to PSG. Does this make him the official GOAT now?
LIONEL MESSI WINS HIS SEVENTH BALLON D'OR 🐐 pic.twitter.com/If0qQc7eVO— GOAL (@goal) November 29, 2021
🏟 Chelsea win Club of the Year
Not entirely sure how voting works for this inaugural "Club of the Year" award. Perhaps it is awarded to whichever team won the Champions League last? Or whichever team has N'Golo Kante in it?
Jorginho is named third
N'Golo Kante finishes in #5️⃣, Karim Benzema is #4️⃣
2021 Yashin Trophy nominees
Cristiano Ronaldo places at #6️⃣
🧤 Gianluigi Donnarumma wins Yashin Trophy
Kevin De Bruyne is #8️⃣ and Mo Salah is #7️⃣
Putellas beats out Miedema, Kerr and Hermoso
What an extraordinary year it's been for Women's Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas, who is crowned the winner ahead of stars Jenni Hermoso, Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema.
⚽️ 38 goals— GOAL (@goal) November 29, 2021
🅰️ 27 assists
🏆 Primera Iberdrola
🏆 Copa de la Reina
🏆 Women’s Champions League
Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas was 𝙐𝙉𝙎𝙏𝙊𝙋𝙋𝘼𝘽𝙇𝙀 in 2021 🔥 pic.twitter.com/GDugnpFDXD
🏆 Alexia Putellas wins Women's Ballon d'Or
Legends only 💁♂️
Gianluigi Donnarumma at #🔟 and Kylian Mbappe at# 9️⃣
🏆 Robert Lewandowski wins Striker of the Year
Congratulations, Robert! The Bayern and Poland striker wins one of two new awards tonight. Is this justice for him not winning the Ballon d'Or in 2020, when the ceremony was cancelled due to the disruptions caused by Covid-19 ?
Reminder that Pedri is only 19 years old 🤫
🏆 Pedri wins Kopa Trophy
False alarm: Daft Punk are not at the awards!
Instead, it was Formula One duo Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon. Oh well.
The ceremony is about to start!
Finally. We have arrived. This blog has felt like it's been going on for five years.
Here we go!
Spider-Man stars walk the red carpet 🕷
Salut, Kylian! 👋
Spider-Man sighting at the Ballon d'Or!
Here is Tom Holland, the trophy boyfriend of Zendaya. He's here suited and booted accompanying his Spider-Man co-star at the ceremony, where he presumably will be the only one cheering for (the not-nominated) Tottenham captain Harry Kane.
Lionel Messi has arrived!
🚨 Zendaya is here 🚨
Attention. Attention. Zendaya has arrived at the Ballon d'Or ceremony. Presumably it is to accompany her rumoured Tottenham-supporting boyfriend Tom Holland, who is also here. But also she is Zendaya. She does not need to have her presence anywhere explained. She is an entity. The entity of Zendaya.
Robert Lewandowski is here! 👑
Hellooooo, Simon Kjaer! 👋
Fabio Cannavaro arrives at the Ballon d'Or ceremony! 🇮🇹
Are Daft Punk re-uniting for tonight's ceremony?
To be fair, these could also just be two random strangers fancily dressed in matching tuxedos and helmets.
🧭 48°49'59.99"N, 2°15'0"E— Ballon d'Or #ballondor (@francefootball) November 29, 2021
📍 France Football headquarter
The trophees are ready! Follow our journey through Paris to Théâtre du Châtelet… and open your eyes, you might see something 👀 #ballondor pic.twitter.com/Jl4eet4Vm6
We've reached the end of the first half of the countdown!
And it's now the perfect time for France Football to announce a "break". These things are the epitome of short and sweet!
Here are the players who make the top 10, organised alphabetically: Benzema, De Bruyne, Donnarumma, Jorginho, Kante, Lewandowski, Mbappe, Messi, Ronaldo, Salah.
Wonderkid Erling Haaland is in at lucky number 1️⃣1️⃣!
Enter Romelu Lukaku at #1️⃣2️⃣
Say hello to Giorgio Chiellini at 1️⃣3️⃣!
Leonardo Bonucci is in at #1️⃣4️⃣
We're getting closer... ⏰
Raheem Sterling in at 1️⃣5️⃣
1️⃣6️⃣ - Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar was recently laid low with an ankle injury and he comes in at 16th in the ranking, just ahead of former Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez.
Luis Suarez ranked 1️⃣7️⃣th
Here is a look behind the scenes 🧐
The countdown continues, but it won't be long until we are into the business end of things.
Pour la 2e fois, le Châtelet est fier d'accueillir la Cérémonie du Ballon d'Or (@francefootball) pour sa 65e édition. Restez avec nous, on vous fait découvrir les coulisses tout au long de la soirée. 👇 #BallonDor pic.twitter.com/IesZcumO01— Théâtre du Châtelet (@theatrechatelet) November 29, 2021
Number 1️⃣8️⃣ - Simon Kjaer
In at 1️⃣9️⃣ - Mason Mount!
What a breakthrough season for Pedri! 😍
Theatre du Chatelet is looking well 🤩
No. 2️⃣0️⃣ - Riyad Mahrez!
Joint 2️⃣1️⃣st! Lautaro Martinez & Bruno Fernandes
'No one deserves it more than Lewandowski'
Lionel Messi and Jorginho might have something to say about that, Julian!
✊ @J__Nagelsmann: "No player deserves it more than Robert. As well as his hunger for goals, he has an incredible attitude towards the sport."#BallonDor @lewy_official— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) November 28, 2021
🔗 https://t.co/G6L78ir98Z#FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/SMuoeCEGNw
2️⃣3️⃣ Harry Kane
2️⃣5️⃣ Phil Foden
And in joint 2️⃣6️⃣th place...
- Nicolo Barella
- Gerard Moreno
- Ruben Dias
Two NEW awards tonight... but what will they be? 🤔
Ranking countdown has begun! ⏳
And the first confirmed rankings are....
= 2️⃣9️⃣ Luka Modric
Ballon d'Or 2021 Power Rankings
So the big question is: who is going to win?
It's been one of the tighest battles for years, but of course Lionel Messi is still well in the mix. However, Robert Lewandowski - who would surely have won in 2020 had there been an award - has maintained incredible consistency for Bayern Munich.
Then, of course, there is the European Championship and Champions League winner Jorginho, whose midfield machinations helped Italy and Chelsea to glory this year.
It's Ballon d'Or day! 🏆⚽️🙌
The Ballon d'Or is one of the most prestigious individual awards in football and it is back for 2021, having been cancelled in 2020.
Some of the biggest names in the game, past and present, have descended on Paris for today's award ceremony, which will crown the best male and female players in the past year.
Lionel Messi is looking to add a record seventh Ballon d'Or to his collection, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward faces stiff competition from the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho and Karim Benzema. Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are among the starts in the running so it is certainly a packed field.
GOAL will bring you all the latest news and updates from the ceremony, including the winners of both the men's and women's awards, as well as the players who win the Kopa Trophy and the Yashin Award.
Number seven incoming? 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/pDYKYmxKSD— GOAL (@goal) November 29, 2021