The Ballon d'Or for 2021 will be declared in December but there is already excitement on who will be the winner of the glorious gong considering that the award was scrapped last year due to the pandemic.
As you all know, the Ballon d'Or has a criteria of points to be earned in order to be eligible to be in contention for the award.
Based on their criteria of points, it is clear that Lionel Messi is an outright favourite to win his seventh Ballon d'Or this year. The Argentine won the Copa America with his country, which probably also completes his status as the GOAT.
While Messi is a favourite to win it this year, today we are looking at 10 players who have accumulated the most number of points when it comes to Ballon d'Or rankings in their careers courtesy of StatsTube.
10. Johan Cruyff: 506 points
9. Kaka: 550 points
8. Michel Platini: 551 points
7. Franz Beckenbauer: 576 points
6. Ronaldo Nazario: 600 points
5. Virgil van Dijk: 679 points
4. Zinedine Zidane: 715 points
3. Luka Modric: 837 points
2. Lionel Messi: 2,961 points
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: 3,601 points
Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed the most Ballon d'Or points in the history of the award. This comes with the fact that the Portuguese maestro is two years elder to Messi and it looks certain that the Argentine will eventually eclipse him in the points tally.
Messi claimed as many as 686 points when he won the award in 2019 and if he gets near to that score in 2021, he could overtake Ronaldo this year itself.
The Ballon d'Or award for 2021 is expected to be held in the mid of December with the dates, venue and timings of the event yet to be finalised.