2021 Ballon d'Or winner leaked?

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A list revealing the 2021 Ballon d'Or final ranking has reportedly been leaked, and it suggests that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in the top three for the first time since 2010. 

With just over a month left before this year's Golden Ball winner is announced, a leaked list revealing the final voting results has emerged, according to Marca. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see the leaked top 10 for the 2021 Ballon d'Or, per Marca

It is reported that the outcome for the 2021 award is already decided, with voting having closed a few days ago, and the winner is set to be announced on 29 November. 

While a number of coaches and former players have been weighing in on who they feel deserves to win the prestigious accolade, it now seems that the winner has been revealed – if there is any truth to the leaked results.

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Since the 30 nominees were announced earlier this month, a few names have been tipped as favourites, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, and Jorginho being touted by many as frontrunners for the award.  

According to Marca, the leaked list shows that Messi will not clinch the Golden Ball a seventh time, although it does suggest that he will finish among the top three.

Instead, it suggests that Bayern Munich talisman Lewandowski will walk away with the award this year – he was the favourite for the accolade last year before France Football decided not to hand it out due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Meanwhile, five-time winner Ronaldo is placed at ninth on the list – if this proves true, it would be the first time he finishes outside of the top three since falling behind Messi, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta in 2010. 

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is the only African to feature in the leaked list's top 10, while fellow Premier League stars Kevin De Bruyne, N'Golo Kante, and Jorginho are also placed among the 10 best players in 2021.

With the awards ceremony taking place in Paris at the end of next month, it remains to be seen if this leaked top 10 will prove true. 

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