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Ballon d’Or 2021 Power Rankings

17 Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Last time: 18th

In 2021: 19 goals, five assists.

Kane surely looked in better form against the Czech Republic in England’s final group match of Euro 2020, but there remain anxieties over his fitness as the tournament enters its knockout stages.

16 Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Last time: 16th

In 2021: Nine goals, three assists. Won Champions League.

It remains to be seen whether Mount is any kind of shape to play a part for England versus Germany following his period of self-isolation, though a possible change of system could render that whole debate moot at Wembley on Tuesday.

15 Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

Last time: 14th

In 2021: Six goals, six assists. Won Copa del Rey.

Just as De Jong seemed to be getting going for the Netherlands at Euro 2020, they dropped out of the competition, meaning any opportunity he had of making a late charge towards the Ballon d’Or top 10 is now gone.

He can still look back on an improved second season at Barcelona, but his summer has not gone the way he would have hoped.

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14 Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)

Last week: 15th

In 2021: 16 goals, six assists. Won Premier League & Carabao Cup.

Gundogan remains among the dark horses for the Ballon d’Or off the back of his form in the first three months of the year, with the second quarter of 2021 having been far less fruitful for the Germany international.

A spot in the final at Euro 2020 is not beyond Joachim Low’s side, however, meaning Gundogan could yet make another run to get among the true contenders for the award.

13 Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)

Last time: 13th

In 2021: 20 goals, 11 assists. Won Copa del Rey.

Griezmann continues to dazzle at Euro 2020 with his work-rate and generosity as part of France’s feared attacking trio, and though it does not look like he will be grasping the Golden Boot he won at 2016, he remains a key cog for the tournament favourites.

12 Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Last time: 10th

In 2021: 11 goals, seven assists. Won Premier League & Carabao Cup.

Foden should be refreshed for England’s encounter with Germany having sat out their final group game against Czech Republic so as to avoid being ejected for the knockout stages.

Whether he can recreate his form from the back-end of the domestic season on the international stage, though, remains to be seen.

11 Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

Last time: 12th

In 2021: 12 goals, 10 assists. Won Coupe de France & Trophee des Champions.

Brazil have looked a level above the rest at the Copa America thus far, with Neymar leading the way for the Selecao as they look to win the competition on home soil.

Doing so would definitely see him secure a top-10 finish in the Ballon d’Or race, at the very least.

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