With three weeks left to announce the winner for this year’s Ballon d’Or, DAILY POST highlights the final power rankings.
The winner for the Ballon d’Or 2021 will be announced on November 29.
DAILY POST reports five players that deserve to be in the Ballon d’Or final power rankings top five ahead of November 29.
In the last 30 days, football pundits, present and past players, present and past football managers, among others, have been vying for their preferred football star that should win the Ballon d’Or this year.
Recently, 30 players were shortlisted for this year’s Ballon d’ Or.
However, DAILY POST has now cut that number to five based on the player that got the most support from pundits, past and present managers, football icons, among others, to win the Ballon d’Or this year.
DAILY POST observed that Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi tops the Ballon d’Or final power ranking list in the last 30 days.
Messi is ahead of Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Below is the top five for the Ballon d’ Or final power ranking:
1. Lionel Messi – Paris Saint-Germain:
Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker, Samuel Eto’o, Inter Milan legend, Javier Zanetti, Atletico Madrid striker, Luiz Suarez, Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, Barcelona veteran defender, Gerard Pique, and former Real Madrid and Juventus defender, Fabio Cannavaro, all backed Messi to win the Ballon d’ Or this year.
Messi won the Pichichi trophy, scoring 30 goals and providing eleven assists in 35 LaLiga appearances during his time at Barcelona.
The former Barcelona captain also led Argentina to win the 2021 Copa America.
2. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich:
Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, Manchester City playmaker, Kevin de Bruyne, former Premier League stars, Peter Crouch, Rio Ferdinand and Nigel de Jong, picked Lewandowski to win the Ballon d’ Or.
Lewandowski was the favourite to win the Ballon d’ Or in 2020, having scored 55 goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich, but the prestigious individual prize was not handed out because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lewandowski won the Bundesliga title with Bayern.
3. Jorginho – Chelsea:
Germany legend, Lothar Matthaus, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel’s assistant, Zsolt Low, former Chelsea star, Pat Nevin, Italy head coach, Roberto Mancini, and former Juventus manager, Marcello Lippi, supported Jorginho to win the Ballon d’ Or.
Jorginho won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Euro 2020.
The midfielder also won this year’s UEFA Best Player.
4. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid:
Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, Tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal, former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane and Brazil legend, Ronaldo Nazario, picked Benzema to win the Ballon d’ Or.
Benzema won the UEFA Nations League with France this year.
The striker has been impressive for Real Madrid, topping the LaLiga goal chart with ten goals so far this season.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United:
Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, backed Ronaldo to win the award.
Ronaldo became the leading goalscorer in men’s international football after surpassing Ali Daei’s record last month.
Osun 2022: No One Should Contest Against Oyetola, APC Leaders Declare
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ede South/Ede North/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State have warned that no aspirant from federal Constituency should contest against the incumbent, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in the forthcoming primary of the party.
This decision was made known by Chairman of the elders, Gbadebo Ajao at a press conference on Tuesday at Ido-Osun.
The party leaders at the press conference disclosed that any party member from the federal Constituency who contests with the governor would be rejected by the party and they would not have their support in any form whatsoever.
The elders stated that their decision to endorse the Governor as the sole candidate for the 2022 gubernatorial election was arrived at after wide consultations across the the federal constituency.
Recall that the APC had slated March, Saturday 5, 2022, for its gubernatorial primary election in Osun State and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has also fixed July 16, 2022 for the Osun Gubernatorial election.
Some members of the party, especially The Osun Progressives (TOP) have been agitating that the candidate of the party for the polls be selected from the Osun West senatorial zone as was clamoured in 2018 so as to ensure fairness since individuals from both the Osun Central and East had served two terms in office as governor.
When the APC ticket went to the incumbent who comes from the Osun Central senatorial zone, many political heavyweights within the Osun APC, like the former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti decamped from the party to another political party in order to realise their ambitions but only came back to the party after election victory went the other way.
This move has not gone down well with the pro-Oyetola/IleriOluwa faction of the party whose argument has been that the decision to select a candidate that will be the APC flagbearer should be based on competence and not zonal consideration.
Notwithstanding, many aspirants from the Osun West zone have started to indicate interest in presenting themselves for the Osun top job.
BREAKING: APC Splits As Faction Attacks Buhari, Sacks Buni, Names Names Chairman
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has run into fresh murky waters over the sack of Mai Mala Buni.
The Yobe Governor is Chairman, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)
On Monday, a unit within the party, Progressive Youth Movement, announced Buni’s replacement.
They named Mustapha Audu as National Caretaker Committee Chairman with immediate effect.
Audu said a National Reconciliation Committee will be formed to reconcile aggrieved members before the February 26, 2021 convention.
He further announced a zoning formula for Positions in the new National Working Committee (NWC).
In a reaction, John Akpan Udoedehe, APC National Secretary dismissed the “felonious activities of the purported group.”
The scribe’s statement said they are unknown to the party, its structure or as a registered support group and therefore non-existent.
“However laughable, the criminal attempt of the purported group to usurp the leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC now bothers on treasonable felony.
“Relevant security bodies must now check and address their unscrupulous activities. The attention the purported group seeks will not be given to them by the party.
“We can only advise that the general public completely disregards them. They are not registered members of the APC and are being used by opposition elements and fifth columnists to cause confusion.
“As widely reported, the successful meeting between the APC leadership, Progressive Governors’ Forum and the President produced February 2022 as the timeframe for the National Convention”, Udoedehe noted.
DAILY POST confirmed that the APC National Secretariat has been under heavy security in recent weeks after intelligence of a planned forceful takeover.
Trial Of Ex-President Jonathan’s Aide, In Alleged N3bn Fraud Stalled By Acute Diabetes Ailment
The trial of former Director of Finance in the defunct President Goodluck Jonathan’s Campaign Organization, Dr Ngozi Olejeme, in an alleged N3bn fraud was on Monday in Abuja stalled due to an acute diabetes ailment suffered by the defendant.
Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) shifted the trial to December 6 following a passionate plea by her counsel, Mr Paul Erokoro SAN to that effect.
When the trial was to commence, Erokoro told the Judge that doctors to Mrs Olejeme have called her to report immediately to the hospital as she has fainting spells.
The senior lawyer recalled that the defendant has been diabetic and hypertensive for 30 years and has had four major surgeries in the United States of America and South Africa.
He further hinted to the court that she recently suffered heart failure and COVID-19 and is still in the recovery process.
Moved by the plight of the defendant and due to no objection to request for adjournment, Justice Aliyu fixed December 6 for resumption of the trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC had on October 21 arraigned Mrs Olejeme on a nine-count charge, in which she was accused of abusing her office, receiving a bribe, awarding contracts without due process, among others.
Mrs Olejeme who was a former Chairman of the Board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) was on October 22 admitted bailing by the Judge after spending 24 hours in the custody of the EFCC on the order of the court.
Justice Aliyu adopted the conditions attached to the administrative bail earlier granted Olejeme by the prosecuting agency, EFCC in 2017 to admit her to bail.
The conditions are that the defendant produces two Deputy Directors in government employment to stand as her sureties.
In one of the counts, Mrs Olejeme was alleged to have “dishonestly received the sum of N22,200,000.00” from a contractor with NSITF into her personal account No. 32327505058110 at GT Bank.
Mrs Olejeme was also accused of receiving $48,485,127.00, which was dollars equivalent to some funds received from contractors as kickback
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