Ballon d’Or winner ‘leaked’ as Robert Lewandowski battles Lionel Messi for gong

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Robert Lewandowski has won the 2021 Ballon d'Or award, according to a leaked document which has circled a month ahead of the much-anticipated trophy reveal.

Lewandowski and Lionel Messi are among the favourites for the prestigious award which recognises the best player in world football.

And it appears as though the result could have made it out earlier than planned.

A leaked image appearing to display the final standings of the vote has gone viral, though it is yet to be confirmed if the snap is genuine.

The sneaky pic, supposedly belonging to France Football, shows a document dated October 25 with the final rankings, including the hotly awaited winner, revealed.

According to the dubious image, Bayern Munich’s goal machine Lewandowski will pip record six-time winner Messi to football’s most coveted individual accolade.

The prolific Pole was denied the prize last year following the ceremony’s cancellation due to Covid, having looked a dead cert to scoop the gong.

However, Munich’s marksman will finally get his hand on football’s golden ball for the first time on November 29, providing the leaked image proves to be correct.

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The 33-year-old has enjoyed another stellar season so far having netted 17 goals in 13 games, boasting an average of a goal every 52 minutes in the Champions League and a one every 72 minutes in the German Bundesliga.

If true, Messi, who shockingly ended his 21-year association with Barcelona when he moved to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, would just miss out on a seventh Ballon d’Or crown.

According to the photo, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema makes up the podium placings with five Premier League stars featuring in the top ten.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah supposedly finishes fourth ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League and Euro 2020 winner Jorginho.

Messi’s PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe is shown as finishing fifth on the list ahead of Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Borussia Dortmund’s rising star Erling Haaland.

Five-time former winner Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to settle for ninth while Manchester City creator Kevin De Bruyne rounds off the top ten.

  • Champions League
  • Premier League
  • Lionel Messi

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