Updated Ballon d'Or power rankings: Ronaldo gathers pace but Messi still leads

Updated Ballon d'Or power rankings: Ronaldo gathers pace but Messi still leads

We are back with the Ballon d'Or ranking after the international break.

The nature of that pause means that any change at the top of the list was always unlikely.

Leo Messi retains the top spot even though his PSG career still only amounts to one 30-minute cameo.

With Argentina, however, he managed to score a hat-trick against Bolivia to become South America's top goalscorer ever on the international stage.

His great rival Cristiano Ronaldo has become the top international goalscorer, period, thanks to his brace against the Republic of Ireland.

He has returned to Man United in style, but failure to win Serie A with Juventus still weighs heavily against his chances to equal Messi's Ballon d'Or haul.

Robert Lewandowski keeps banging in goals for Bayern Munich and Poland (four goals in four games since the last ranking), while Jorginho is still up there on the list too, thanks to his UEFA Player of the Year award.

N'Golo Kante remains in the top five, but his injury issues mean that his spot is under threat.

Full list of contenders
1. Lionel Messi

Stats for 2021

36 goals

14 assists

Copa del Rey won

Copa America won

Copa America Golden Boot

Copa America Best Player

2. Robert Lewandowski

Stats for 2021

42 goals

6 assists

European Golden Boot won

Bundesliga won

Club World Cup won

Footballer of the Year in Germany

German Super Cup won

3. Jorginho

Stats for 2021

4 goals

1 assist

Champions League won

Euro 2020 won

UEFA Super Cup won

UEFA's Player of the Year

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

2021 stats

31 goals

4 assists

Italian Cup won

Euro 2020 Golden Boot won

5. N'Golo Kante

2021 stats

1 assist

Champions League won

UEFA Super Cup won

Midfielder of the UEFA Champions League season

Other top-10 candidates
6. Karim Benzema

7. Romelu Lukaku

8. Kylian Mbappe

9. Gianluigi Donnarumma

10. Erling Haaland
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