The Ballon d’Or 2021 winner is set to be announced later tonight with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski all making the top 10.
France Football has been releasing 5 names periodically since the evening and it has already revealed players ranked from 11-30 in this year’s Ballon d’Or. The Ballon d’Or rankings which have been revealed so far are:
29: César Azpilicueta
29: Luka Modric
26: Nicolo Barella
26: Rúben Dias
26: Gerard Moreno
25: Phil Foden
23: Harry Kane
21: Bruno Fernandes
21: Lautaro Martínez
20: Riyad Mahrez
19: Mason Mount
18: Simon Kjaer
17: Luis Súarez
15: Raheem Sterling
14: Leonardo Bonucci
13: Giorgio Chiellini
12: Romelu Lukaku
11: Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland could consider himself unlucky to miss out on the top 10 after he enjoyed a stupendous goalscoring year. Other slightly surprising ranks include Ruben Dias at 26, Simon Kjaer at 18 and Raheem Sterling at 15.
The top 10 is a star studded list, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Kante, Karim Benzema, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappe and Gianluigi Donnarumma making it.
Lionel Messi is the strong favorite to win it, but he will face stiff competition from the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho. Although Cristiano Ronaldo made it to the top 10, it looks highly unlikely that he will make it to the top 5.
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi and Lewandowski set to battle it out
While the likes of Jorginho, Kante, Salah and Benzema are all in with a shout, the 2 clear frontrunners for the Ballon d’Or award are Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi.
Robert Lewandowski has been in stunning goalscoring form and was robbed off the award last year. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, played a starring role at the 2021 Copa America and could be winning his 7th Ballon d’Or award tonight.
While the likes of Messi and Ronaldo have usually been well clear of their competition over the last decade, this time it has been much more closely fought. Will Lionel Messi claim his 7th Ballon d’Or award or will Lewandowski win his first one?
Chelsea – AC Millan: Analysis, Kick Off, TV Channel, Live Stream, Prediction, Head-to-head
Chelsea – AC Millan: Analysis, Kick Off, TV Channel, Live Stream, Prediction, Head-to-head.
Thomas Tuchel was relieved of his managerial role at Chelsea following a shock 1-0 defeat to Zagreb in the opening UEFA Champions League (UCL) group game, yet Graham Potter’s reign began with a similarly disappointing result in round two (1-1 vs Salzburg).
A last-gasp league winner against Crystal Palace last weekend then kickstarted the Potter era but a win here seems a must considering Chelsea have failed to qualify from just one of their last 18 UCL groups.
This stuttering Blues side have been the image of inconsistency this season, with every match they’ve played producing differing results (W4, D2, L3). However, just six defeats across Chelsea’s last 32 UCL fixtures suggest that improvement could be just around the corner (W19, D7, L6).
Perhaps playing at Stamford Bridge will provide a further boost, as the two-time UCL winners have won without reply in six of their last eight competition matches here (D1, L1).
A convincing 3-1 win over Empoli at the weekend kept Italian champions AC Milan in touch with the Serie A leaders ahead of this crucial clash in London. Maintaining their unbeaten start in UCL action (W1, D1) may be tough, however, with no fewer than nine players out with injury for Milan, although manager Stefano Pioli was quick to highlight the positives stating: “It’s a chance for everyone to show that we’re a strong squad”.
The Rossoneri have already matched their points haul from last season’s UCL group when finishing bottom, and a repeat of that appears unlikely this time around given their record of qualifying from 12 of the last 13 group stages. In order to keep the good times rolling, Milan must end a run of three straight defeats to Premier League opponents, which includes home and away defeats to Liverpool in last season’s group stage.
Key battle of Chelsea – AC Millan Champions League Match
Two players will face former employers as Chelsea’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang looks to build on his first goal against what was his first senior club. Former Chelsea man Fikayo Tomori will be looking to thwart him, the AC Milan defender who scored in one of their defeats against English outfit Liverpool last season.
Chelsea – AC Millan: Hot stat
The London team, Chelsea have failed to win nine of their last 11 encounters with Italian opponents at any venue (D3, L6).
Chelsea – AC Millan: Players that may not play
|Kante N’golo (Lacking Match Fitness)||Calabria D. (Thigh Injury)|
|Florenzi A. (Muscle Injury)|
|Hernandez T. (Muscle Injury)|
|Ibrahimovic Z. (Knee Injury)|
|Kjaer S. (Thigh Injury)|
|Maignan M. (Calf Injury)|
|Saelemaekers A. (Knee Injury)|
Chelsea – AC Milan date and kick-off time is Nigeria
|Game:||Chelsea vs AC Milan|
|Venue:||Stamford Bridge (London)|
|Referee||Makkelie D. (Ned)|
TV Channels to watch Chelsea vs AC Milan
- Amazon Prime Video (Ita)
- Arena Sport (BiH)
- Arena Sport (Cro)
- Arena Sport (Ser)
- beIN Sports (Fra)
- BT Sport – Live Stream with app
- BTV Action (Bul)
- CBC Sport (Az)
- CMore (Fin)
- CMore Sport (Fin),
- COSMOTE Sport
- Cytavision Sports
- DAZN Deutsch
- Digi Sport 1 (Rom)
- Eleven Sports (Por)
- Kanal A, M4 Sport
- M+ Liga de Campeones
- Nova Sport 3 (Cze)
- Orange Sport (Rom)
- Polsat Sport Premium 1
- Prima Sport 1 (Rom)
- RTL (Fra)
- Sky Sport (Aut)
- Sport 2 (Hun)
- Stan Sport (Aus)
- TV3 Sport (Den)
- TVP 1
- Viaplay (Den)
- Ziggo Sport Voetbal
Chelsea 1 – 0 AC Milan
CL: Chelsea vs AC Milan Head-to-head (h2h) history and results
Chelsea wins: 1
AC Milan wins: 1
Arsenal loanee keeps his 4th clean sheet
Arthur Okonkwo saving a penalty for Arsenal against Plymouth Argyle (Photo via Arete on Twitter)Crewe Alexandra came out on top against Kevin Betsy’s Crawley Town on Saturday, with the former Arsenal academy coach unable to find a way past his old goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo.
Okonkwo kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win, making it nine goals conceded in nine games.
It’s a very solid start for the young Gunner, who celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month.
Just as encouraging as his performances is the fact Okonkwo has been featuring so consistently so far. The goalkeeper is yet to miss a minute of his side’s League Two campaign.
Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo warming up before the UEFA Europa League match at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal. Copyright: Focus ImagesGoalkeeper loans can be a bit hit and miss, as it’s often hard to break in if you don’t make the starting lineup immediately.
Conversely, if you can nail down your place in the early stages of the loan, it sets you up well to play regularly all year.
So far, it doesn’t appear that Okonkwo is going to have much trouble earning minutes with Crewe.
Referee gets life ban for holding VAR review on fan’s mobile phone
Serbian referee Stefan Lazovic who used footage on a fan’s mobile phone for VAR review to overturn an offside decision has been banned for life.
Lazovic went viral after pictures emerged of his VAR check in one of Serbia’s lower-tier competitions earlier this week.
He had originally ruled out a goal for offside before studying the spectator’s video, eventually deciding that the player was in fact onside.
And the Sun reports that Serbian chiefs were not impressed by the decision and have since stripped Lazovic of his duties.
Lazovic’s alleged dismissal sparked outrage on social media, as fans stood in support of the referee.
Former Manchester United and Chelsea star Nemanja Matic commented on an Instagram post supporting Lazovic with a two raised hands emoji.
The original comment written by ftbl.serbia read: “Support for Stefan Lazovic! Why should only he suffer, why such a rigorous sentence, why a lifetime ban from trial?
“How is it possible that there is no penalty for the delegate and all other authorities from the responsible FS of that district?
“How could the match be allowed to be played without one assistant referee?! Who is responsible here? Why does Stefan’s spear break?
“At the end of the day, the fact that he watched the video and changed the decision, just shows that he wanted everything to be FAIR!
“He talks about the fact that he was not a slave to his vanity, but he admitted and corrected his mistake.
“Well, this video went around the world and now millions of people have heard about the ‘over there’ football clubs Popovic and Apollon, as well as the village of Vrnjci!
“In short, we appeal to the judges’ organisation and the competent authorities – now you CHANGE the decision! Let the VAR system work for you too and cancel the penalty. Correct the ERROR!
“SUPPORT FOR STEFAN LAZOVIC!”
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