The 2021 Ballon d’Or selection process to determine the best individual player of the year included several steps and involved journalists from around the world.
To start, editors at French weekly publication France Football created a 30-player shortlist of award nominees, which itself is prestigious to be a part of.
Then, a jury of voters for the Ballon d’Or winner is compiled by picking top journalists from around the world who will make their selections for first, second, third, fourth and fifth place.
The following qualifications are considered by the jury:
- Individual and collective performances (winners) during the year.
- Player class (talent and fair play).
- Overall judgment of the player’s career.
The top-ranking player from each journalist’s selection will receive six points, with the second-ranking player earning four points, then three, two and one going down from the rest of their top five picks.
How was Messi chosen for the Ballon d’Or?
After each jury member has selected their top five players for the Ballon d’Or award, the total points are calculated and added, and the player to receive the most number of points will be awarded the top honour.
In 2021, Messi has won with 613 total points, followed by Robert Lewandowski (580) and Jorginho (460).
How many votes did Cristiano Ronaldo get?
Ronaldo finished in sixth place with 178 points. This was his worst Ballon d’Or finish since 2010.