Top 8 Players With Most Ballon d’Or Nominations In History

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Here are the top 8 players with most Ballon d’Or nominations in history

The 2021 Ballon D’Or ceremony will take place on November 29. There are no clear favourite player to lift the award but a race between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho will be fun to watch.

This article will tell you about the top 8 players with most Ballon d’Or nominations. Can you guess which Spanish youngster has been nominated for 2021 Ballon d’Or?

Most Ballon d’Or Nominations

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 17
  2. Lionel Messi – 15
  3. Paolo Maldini – 13
  4. Johann Cruyff – 12
  5. Beckenbauer – 12
  6. Gianluigi Buffon – 11
  7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 11
  8. Zinedine Zidane – 11

Ballon D’Or Nominees


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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 Modric (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)

Robert Lewandowski was the top scorer of 2020/21 season. He could lift his first ever Ballon d’Or trophy but we can’t say.

Jorginho had an excellent 2020/21 season. He won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Euro 2020. And that is why he is one of the top contenders to win the trophy.