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Messi, Lewandowski, Salah, Ronaldo: fans choose Ballon d’Or winner in fascinating vote


The Ballon d’Or is just around the corner and football fans are passionately debating who they think should be crowned the best male footballer of 2021.

Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Cristiano Ronaldo are all up for the iconic award, but it is understood that Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi are now the top contenders.

Messi has been the bookmaker’s favorite for a few months now, with Argentina’s Copa America triumph apparently setting Paris Saint-Germain for a record-breaking seventh triumph.

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However, Lewandowski’s electrifying start to the season with 19 goals in just 25 games for Bayern Munich, combined with the European Golden Shoe win, made the call much more difficult.

We won’t know which of the two scoring machines – or, of course, an outside candidate – will win the award until Monday’s gala, but that will only spark more debate in the meantime.

And that’s where Transfer market intervened brilliantly as they decided to host their own Ballon d’Or where the winner would be decided by the fans, only the fans and nothing but the fans.

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Fan voting on the Ballon d’Or

Using Instagram’s polling feature, revered data gurus created a knockout tree format where the top male performers of 2021 would compete against each other to progress to their Ballon d’Or final.

And now that all the votes have been collected and the winner has been revealed, let’s go through the tournament tree to see who the fans think should win the Ballon d’Or this year.

Round of 32

Bruno Fernandes defeats Giorgio Chiellini

Karim Benzema defeats Nicolò Barella

Kevin De Bruyne defeats Cesar Azpilicueta

Gianluigi Donnarumma defeats Ruben Dias

Erling Braut Haaland defeats Phil Foden

Harry Kane defeats Jorginho

Mohamed Salah defeats Leonardo Bonucci

Robert Lewandowski defeats Riyad Mahrez

Romelu Lukaku beats Luka Modric

Kylian Mbappe defeats Lautaro Martinez

Pedri defeats Raheem Sterling

N’Golo Kanté beats Gérard Moreno

Neymar defeats Mason Mount

Luis Suarez defeats Simon Kjaer

Note: Messi and Ronaldo get a pass to the next round


round of 16

Lionel Messi defeats Bruno Fernandes

Karim Benzema beats Kevin De Bruyne

Erling Braut Haaland defeats Gianluigi Donnarumma

Mohamed Salah defeats Harry Kane

Robert Lewandowski defeats Romelu Lukaku

Kylian Mbappé beats Pedri

N’Golo Kanté beats Neymar

Cristiano Ronaldo defeats Luis Suarez



Lionel Messi defeats Karim Benzema

Mohamed Salah defeats Erling Braut Haaland

Robert Lewandowski beats Kylian Mbappé

Cristiano Ronaldo beats N’Golo Kanté


Semi finals

Mohamed Salah beats Lionel Messi

Robert Lewandowski defeats Cristiano Ronaldo



Robert Lewandowski defeats Mohamed Salah


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Lewandowski wins the award

My God. It really feels like the tide is turning in Lewandowski’s favor, doesn’t it?

Not only did the Polish ace win the IFFHS Player of the Year award and rise above Messi as a favorite for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award, he is now the public’s choice. to win the Ballon d’Or.

It’s so close between Lewandowski and Messi that we’re not going to argue with consensus, but there are certainly some weird results further down the tournament tree.


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For starters, there’s no way Salah will finish second over Messi and while we don’t think Jorginho should be on the podium, getting knocked out in the first round is way too hard.

But it doesn’t matter who you think should win the Ballon d’Or and in what order the finalists should be placed, there’s no denying that this is one of the closest races we’ve seen in years. Bring it on.


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