Ballon d’Or 2021 Power Rankings: Kante powers ahead after Champions League masterclass
According to the Goalranks the runners and riders…
#20Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
In 2021:Eight goals, six assists. Won Coupe de France & Trophee des Champions.
#19Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)
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In 2021:23 goals, 10 assists. Won Europa League.
#18Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
In 2021:Six goals, 15 assists. Won Bundesliga & Club World Cup.
#17Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
In 2021:12 goals, 12 assists. Won DFB-Pokal.
#16Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)
In 2021:13 goals, two assists. Won La Liga.
#15Harry Kane (Tottenham)
In 2021:19 goals, five assists.
#14Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
In 2021:14 goals, nine assists.
#13Mason Mount (Chelsea)
In 2021:Nine goals, three assists. Won Champions League.
#12Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
In 2021:15 goals, six assists. Won Premier League & Carabao Cup.
#11Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
In 2021:24 goals, nine assists. Won DFB-Pokal.
#10Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
In 2021:21goals, three assists. Won Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana.
#9Phil Foden (Manchester City)
In 2021:11 goals, seven assists. Won Premier League & Carabao Cup.
#8Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
In 2021:18 goals, four assists.
#7Romelu Lukaku (Inter)
In 2021:17 goals, seven assists. Won Serie A.
#6Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
In 2021:One goal, 17 clean sheets. Won Premier League & Carabao Cup.
#5Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
In 2021:28 goals, nine assists. Won Copa del Rey.
#4Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
In 2021:Nine goals, eight assists. Won Premier League & Carabao Cup.
#3Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
In 2021:31goals, four assists. Won Bundesliga & Club World Cup.
#2Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
In 2021:28 goals, four assists. Won Coupe de France & Trophee des Champions.
#1N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
In 2021:One assist. Won Champions League.
Being named Man of the Match in both legs of a Champions League semi-final and the final is almost unheard of.
Doing it as a defensive-minded midfielder is close to impossible.
Kante specialises in producing the seemingly impossible, however, and combine those performances with another MOTM-winning display against Atletico Madrid in the last 16, and he will be regarded as the player of the tournament when all is said and done.
He now has a great chance of adding a European Championship winners’ medal to his collection this summer, is one of the most popular players on the planet and, after Saturday, has turned up in the biggest of all games.
Can anyone stop Kante from claiming the biggest individual prize of them all?