The 5 Oldest Players to be Nominated for the 2021 Ballon d'Or
Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | France Football has announced 30 players who will be nominated for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award. In those details, there aren't many surprises. Two of today's best footballers, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, enter as well.
In addition, there are many young candidates in the 2021 Ballon d'Or nominations, such as Phil Foden, Kylian Mbappe, and Pedri. However, there are also some footballers who are more than 34 years old. Who are some of those veteran players? Check this out!
1. Giorgio Chiellini (37 years 2 months)
Giorgio Chiellini is not young again, at 37 years and two months. However, the Juventus defender's performance is still quite good so far. He even played an important role when bringing the Italian National Team to win the 2020 European Cup.
Chiellini is still the most important side of Juventus this season. In fact, the defender received a new contract offer from the management faction until 2023. Due to his success in leading his country to win the European Cup, it is not surprising that his name is included in the list of nominees for the 2021 Ballon d'Or.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (36 years 8 months)
Cristiano Ronaldo is a footballer who loves obstacles the most. This is shown by the player playing in three different elite competitions, namely the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A. Even though he is no longer young, the quality of CR7's game is still at the top level.
That's what makes the player from Portugal still on the list of nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or. Since 2007, Ronaldo has registered only once without succeeding in winning the top three Ballon d'Or stands, namely in 2010. If he succeeds in winning the Ballon d'Or award this year, it means that CR7 will equal Lionel Messi's record of winning six trophies.
3. Modric's injury (36 years 1 month)
Modric's injury as a player who succeeded in bringing down the supremacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the Ballon d'Or stage. The Croatian player won the Ballon d'Or award in 2018. Now the 36 years and the 1-month-old player has been nominated again for the 2021 event.
However, his chances of reclaiming the award seem pretty tough. The problem is he didn't manage to win the title for his club and country last season.
4. Luis Suarez (34 years 8 months)
After being dumped by Barcelona, Luis Suarez apparently still looks promising. In fact, he succeeded in bringing Atletico Madrid to victory in the La Liga competition last season. That record is definitely really special for Atletico Madrid because it broke the La Liga trophy fast for 7 seasons.
Suarez himself was able to make 21 goals and 3 assists last season. Because of his amazing contribution, it is not surprising that his name is in the details of the 2021 Ballon d'Or nominations.
5. Leonardo Bonucci (34 years 5 months)
Similar to Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci became an important figure behind the success of the Italian national team in winning the 2020 European Cup. He even managed to score 1 goal in the final match against England. His goal was to make the match continued to set extra time and the shot went to the penalty shootout.
If there was no Bonucci, maybe the English national team would win the title at that time. Because of his services, Bonucci is seen as really worthy of being included in the list of 30 candidates for the 2021 Ballon d'Or.