November 29, 2021Lionel Messi wins the Ballon d'Or for the seventh time in his career.

At the Theater du Chatelet in Paris, the champion today at Paris Saint Germain was announced as the winner of the 2021 edition. Second place Robert Lewandowski.

"It's really amazing to be back here after two years. I don't know how much I have left to play but I hope it's still a lot because I like it so much." So Lionel Messi after winning the seventh career Golden Ball. "This year I managed to reach a goal that I wanted so much and for which I have worked for many years, I have always dreamed of winning something with the national team. The victory of the America's Cup led me to win this award and for this reason I want to share it with all my team mates, they are part of this trophy like my team mates at Barcelona and now at PSG. " "Eighth Golden Ball? I didn't even think about the seventh ... I really want to face this new phase of my life,I'm very happy in Paris and I really want to reach new goals ".

Yashin Trophy in Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma is the winner of the "Yashin Trophy". At the Theater du Chatelet in Paris, during the Gala for the Golden Ball, the goalkeeper of the national team and Paris Saint Germain receives the award as the best goalkeeper of the year. Donnarumma was also elected as the best player of the Euro2020.

"It has been an incredible year for me, starting with my return to the Champions League with Milan, the European championship which was incredible and which allowed us to give joy to all Italians and to ourselves, it was an incredible emotion. then my move to Paris Saint Germain: I am very proud, it was a sign of destiny that I came here, they have always followed me. I thank the president and the director for the trust they have given me and are giving me, I hope to repay it on the pitch and win many trophies with this shirt ". Thus Gigio Donnarumma, winner of the Yashin Trophy as the best goalkeeper of the year. "It's a pride, I'm still very young, I still have a lot to learn and do - he added - This award is the result of daily work, of the small details that I build every day".

Ronaldo off the podium

Cristiano Ronaldo remains off the podium of the 2021 Golden Ball. The Portuguese champion ex Juventus and today at Manchester United finished in sixth place.

Lewandowski is the best striker

Robert Lewandowski was awarded as the best striker on the stage of the Golden Ball. "I am very proud to be here after almost two years, a very difficult period due to the pandemic - said the Bayern Munich player -. I am very proud of this award because I know what it means to be in the box and try to score a goal. . I have to thank my teammates because every goal I manage to score is thanks to them. I know what it means to have synergy with the team and have a great team behind me. I thank my family because with their love I can make the best of it ".

Kopa Trophy in Pedri

Pedri wins the "Kopa Trophy". At the Theater du Chatelet in Paris, during the Gala for the Ballon d'Or, the 19-year-old Barcelona midfielder wins the award reserved for the best young man of the year. "Last Thursday I turned 19 - the Spaniard commented - and the best way to celebrate is to win such an important award alongside the best players in the world. I want to thank Barca, starting with the captain but also Leo Messi who is here. in the audience. I dedicate it to my family who supports me every day. They are the first to deserve it. I also dedicate it to the inhabitants of Las Palmas (Pedri is originally from the Canaries) who are going through a bad period. much better time than the present ". 

Alexia Putellas triumphs among women

Alexia Putellas is the best player of the year for "France Football". At the Theater du Chatelet in Paris, the Spanish Barcelona midfielder was declared the winner of the women's Ballon d'Or. "It is a privilege to play for a club like Barça, I thank my family but above all I would like to dedicate this moment to someone who will always be special to me (the father, who passed away in 2012) - said the Spanish midfielder moved - I hope you be proud of your daughter, wherever you are. "

Donnarumma tenth, behind Mbappé

Gianluigi Donnarumma finished in tenth place in this year's Ballon d'Or standings. In front of him, in ninth place, PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé.

Chiellini 13th, Bonucci 14th, Barella 26th

"I am very honored for this thirteenth place in the prestigious classification of the Ballon d'Or and I thank those who voted for me. It is the crowning achievement of my team-mates in the National team at the European Championships, but also of many years of victories with the jersey of the Juventus ". So, on Twitter, Giorgio Chiellini comments on the fact that he finished 13th in the ranking of the Ballon d'Or this year. Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, defenders of Juventus and of the Italian national team, European champions, classified respectively in 13th and 14th place in the Golden Ball standings. Sixteenth place for Neymar, eleventh Herling Haaland, star of Borussia Dortmund, immediately ahead of Romelu Lukeku, twelfth,today at Chelsea but a great protagonist in the victory of the Inter Scudetto. Present in this list the midfielder of Inter and the national team Niccolò Barella, who collected a 26th place. The other Nerazzurri Lautaro Martinez finished 21st.