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Luka Modrić nominated for Ballon d’Or award

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ZAGREB, 9 October 2021 – Croatian captain Luka Modrić has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or 2021 award, France Football announced on Friday. 

France Football released the names of the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or 2021 yesterday with the winner announced at the ceremony on November 29.

Modrić, who won the award back in 2018 after leading Croatia to the final of the World Cup, is among the candidates again.

The Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, except in 2020 due to the pandemic, to the best football player of the year.

The nominee list is compiled by the editorial staff of France Football, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.

The nominees for the 2021 Ballon d’Or


Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)


Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Simon Kjær (AC Milan)

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Ruben Dias (Manchester City)


N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Pedri (Barcelona)

Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Jorginho (Chelsea)

Phil Foden (Manchester City)


Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Lionel Messi (PSG)

Neymar (PSG)

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)

Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

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