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Five favourites to win the Ballon d'Or ranked by L'Equipe

Mudeet Arora
Messi made it to L'Equipe's top 5 to win the Ballon d'Or this year
Messi made it to L'Equipe's top 5 to win the Ballon d'Or this year / Jam Media/GettyImages

Famous French news outlet L'Equipe has laid down their choices for winning the prestigious Ballon d'Or this year.

The award was canceled last year due to the pandemic with Robert Lewandowski being the clear favourite to win the gong.

A few days back, the last 30 nominees for 2021's award were released including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar among other candidates.

Two of them make it to L'Equipe's top five with Messi, Ronaldo joined by Lewandowski, Karim Benzema and Jorginho.

Among the top five, L’Equipe has tipped Messi, Benzema and Lewandowski as the most likely three to stand on the Ballon d'Or podium.

The newspaper then also tweeted about a list of outsiders who may also stand a chance based on the number of votes they get. This list included Ronaldo, Mbappe, Jorginho and Kante.

Despite missing out on the Ballon d'Or in 2020, Lewandowski carried his incredible form from last season, scoring 30 goals in 46 games.

Lewandowski broke Gerd Muller's record as well as won his first European Golden Shoe award.

Jorginho, meanwhile, has been backed as a strong candidate for the Ballon d'Or after leading Chelsea and Italy to continental glory.

The Ballon d'Or ceremony is all set to be held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on November 29.