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Lionel Messi received the Golden Ball for the seventh time on Monday as the best player in the world.

With the women, Orange internationals Vivianne Miedema and Lieke Martens finished in the top five.

Miedema finished fourth in the election of the magazine

France Football

and Martens came fifth.

Earlier in the day, Miedema

was still named the best player in the world

by the



The Golden Ball went to the Spanish Alèxia Putellas.

The 27-year-old midfielder is a teammate of Martens at Barcelona, ​​with whom she won the Champions League this year.

Also the prize of the greatest talent went to a player of FC Barcelona.

Midfielder Pedri was awarded the Kopa Trophy for the greatest talent of the year.

Nineteen-year-old Pedri was recently awarded the Golden Boy, another prize for the greatest football talent in the world.

In the

France Football


, Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch finished eighth.

Two new awards were introduced on Monday: Club of the Year (Chelsea) and Striker of the Year (Lewandowski).

The prize for best goalkeeper went to Gianluigi Donnarumma, who won the European Championship with Italy this summer.

Pedri received the Kopa Trophy for greatest talent of the year.

Pedri received the Kopa Trophy for greatest talent of the year.

Photo: AFP

Messi last winner of the Golden Ball in 2019

For the men, the list of candidates was reduced from thirty to two players on Monday evening.

Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the remaining contenders for the Golden Ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who lashed out at France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferré on Monday, finished sixth.

The Portuguese has won the Golden Ball five times in his career and finished outside the top five for the first time in eleven years.

No Dutchmen have finished in the top 30 among the men.

Lionel Messi was the last winner of the Golden Ball in 2019.

The prize was not awarded last year due to the corona pandemic.

Golden Ball Election Results

  • 1.

  • 2.

  • 3. Jorginho (Chelsea/Italy)

  • 4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)

  • 5. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea/France)

  • 6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd, Juventus/Portugal)

  • 7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt)

  • 8. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City/Belgium)

  • 9. Kylian Mbappe (PSG/France)

  • 10. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan, PSG/Italy)

  • 11. Erling Haaland (Dortmund/Norway)

  • 12. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Inter/ Belgium)

  • 13. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus/Italy)

  • 14. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus/Italy)

  • 15. Raheem Sterling (Man City/England)

  • 16. Neymar (PSG/Brazil)

  • 17. Luis Suarez (Atletico/Uruguay)

  • 18. Simon Kjaer (AC Milan/Denmark)

  • 19. Mason Mount (Chelsea/England)

  • 20. Riyad Mahrez (Man City/Algeria)

  • 21. Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd/Portugal)

  • 22. Lautaro Martínez (Inter/Argentina)

  • 23. Harry Kane (Tottenham/England)

  • 24. Pedri (Barcelona/Spain)

  • 25. Phil Foden (Man City/England)

  • 26. Nicolò Barella (Inter/Italy)

  • 26. Ruben Dias (Man City/Portugal)

  • 28. Gerard Moreno (Villarreal/Spain)

  • 29. Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia)

  • 29. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea/Spain)