21 English Club Football Stars Named On 2021 Ballon D’or Shortlists

21 stars from across men and women’s teams English club football have been nominated for the 2021 men and women’s Ballon D’or shortlists.

Chelsea boasts the most nominations across a single club with five stars from their male and female teams named on the shortlists for both Ballon D’ors.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku all feature on the men’s shortlist, whilst Magdalena Eriksson, Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Fran Kirby all feature on the women’s shortlist for two of football’s biggest awards.

Kerr also claimed the 2020-21 WSL Golden Boot award which ended the two-year dominance of fellow nominee – Arsenal Women’s Vivianne Miedema.

Manchester City also boast six nominations with Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias and Phil Foden up for the men’s award, whilst Ellen White is named on the female shortlist.

Other English club football nominees include Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Amongst international nominations, Barcelona boast six nominees in total as only Pedri is nominated amongst their men’s players, whilst the quintet of Alexia Putellas, Sandra Panos, Lieke Martens, Irene Paredes and Jennifer Hermoso are shortlisted for the women’s award.

Putellas, Panos, Martens, Paredes and Hermoso’s nominations come after Barcelona recorded their first female treble last season across Women’s Champions League, Primera Division and Copa de la Reina de Futbol.

Lionel Messi left the Catalonian club this summer for PSG but is named amongst the nominees as he chases a seventh Ballon D’or, although he faces tough competition from Ronaldo who is looking to pull level against his now fellow former La Liga rival on six Ballon D’or awards apiece.

The winners of both awards will be announced on 29 November at Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France.

2021 Men’s Ballon D’or Shortlist

Africa: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, Algeria), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)

Europe: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Norway), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, Italy), Mason Mount (Chelsea, England), Harry Kane (Tottenham, England), Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG, Italy), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, England), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan, Italy), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, Portugal), Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia), Pedri (Barcelona, Spain), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium), Ruben Dias (Manchester City, Portugal), Simon Kjaer (AC Milan, Denmark), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Belgium), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland), Jorginho (Chelsea, Italy), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea, Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal, Spain), Phil Foden (Manchester City, England), Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France)

North/South America: Lionel Messi (PSG, Argentina), Neymar (PSG, Brazil), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan, Argentina), Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)


2021 Women’s Ballon D’or Shortlist

Asia: Sam Kerr (Chelsea, Australia)

Europe: Alexia Putellas (Barcelona, Spain), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea, Sweden), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG, France), ) Stina Blackstenius (Hacken, Sweden), Wendie Renard (Lyon, France), Pernille Harder (Chelsea, Denmark), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal, Netherlands), Sandra Panos (Barcelona, Spain), Lieke Martens (Barcelona, Netherlands),  Irene Paredes (Barcelona, Spain), Ellen White (Man City, England), Jennifer Hermoso (Barcelona, Spain), Fran Kirby (Chelsea, England), Kadidiatou Diani (PSG, France)

North/South America: Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage, USA), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea, Canada), Ashley Lawrence (PSG, Canada), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns, Canada), Christiane Endler (Lyon, Chile),


Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka Nominated For Kopa Trophy

England stars, Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka are up for Kopa Trophy which is awarded the best performing player aged 21 years-old or under.

Greenwood and Saka though will face tough competition from former England youth international, Jamal Muisala who has since switched his international allegiance to Germany and Spain’s Pedri who is also nominated for the main Ballon D’or award.

Full list of nominees for 2021 Kopa Trophy can be found below:

  • Mason Greenwood (Manchester United/England)
  • Bukayo Saka (Arsenal/England)
  • Pedri (Barcelona/Spain)
  • Jeremy Doku (Rennes/Belgium)
  • Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax/Netherlands)
  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich/Germany)
  • Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany)
  • Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund/England)
  • Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/USA)
  • Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain/Portugal)


Four Premier League Goalkeepers Nominated For 2021 Yachine Trophy

Manchester City’s Ederson highlights the Premier League quartet of goalkeepers nominated for the 2021 Yachine Trophy.

Ederson’s nomination comes after he clinched last season’s Premier League Golden Glove award with 19 clean sheets, and has since kept five clean sheets in the league this season.

Emiliano Martinez, Edouard Mendy and Kasper Schmeichel have also earned nominations after impressive club performances for Aston Villa, Chelsea and Leicester respectively.

Foreign nominees include Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas and Manuel Neuer, whilst Ballon D’or nominee – Gianluigi Donnarumma is also on the shortlist.

Full nominations for 2021 Yachine Trophy can be found below.

  • Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan, PSG)
  • Ederson (Manchester City)
  • Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan)
  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
  • Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
  • Keylor Navas (PSG)
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
  • Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid)
  • Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)

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