Ballon d'Or

Ballon d'Or Femenin 2021: The confirmed 20-player shortlist

Ada Hegerberg was the inaugural winner in 2018
Ada Hegerberg was the inaugural winner in 2018 / Aurelien Meunier/GettyImages

After losing the 2020 Ballon d'Or vote to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most prestigious individual award in football is back this year.

The last winner of the Ballon d'Or Femenin was USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe, but she will not be retaining her crown as she's missed out on being shortlisted for the 2021 award.

In fact, just six of those nominated for the 2019 award are up again this time around. Unsurprisingly, France Football's shortlist features plenty of representatives from Champions League winners Barcelona, Jennifer Hermoso, Irene Paredes, Lieke Martens, Sandra Panos and Alexia Putellas - the red-hot favourite in many people's eyes - all up for the award.

Runners-up Chelsea also have plenty of players on the list, including Jessie Fleming, Magdalena Eriksson, Pernille Harder, Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby - the latter having begun the 2021/22 WSL season in superb style.

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There is also a nod for Arsenal and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema, Manchester City and England's Ellen White and Sam Mewis, who has recently moved back to NWSL outfit North Carolina Courage after a spell of her own with City.

304-cap Canada legend Christine Sinclair continues to defy her age as she makes the shortlist at 38, while there are also nods for the highly esteemed Wendie Renard of Lyon, PSG trio Ashley Lawrence, Kadidiatou Diani and Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Christiane Endler - who has represented both PSG and Lyon over the past year - and Häcken's Stina Blackstenius.

The 2021 Ballon d'Or Femenin nominees

Stina Blackstenius (Häcken)

Kadidiatou Diani (PSG)

Christiane Endler (PSG, Lyon)

Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea)

Jessie Fleming (Chelsea)

Pernille Harder (Chelsea)

Jennifer Hermoso (Barcelona)

Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG)

Sam Kerr (Chelsea)

Fran Kirby (Chelsea)

Ashley Lawrence (PSG)

Lieke Martens (Barcelona)

Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, North Carolina Courage)

Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)

Sandra Panos (Barcelona)

Irene Paredes (PSG, Barcelona)

Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)

Wendie Renard (Lyon)

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns)

Ellen White (Manchester City)