Fans vote for best player of 2021: kante battle with Messi and Ronaldo for top stop ; three Chelsea players in, Lukaku not in top 10


Fans vote for best players of 2021: Jorginho out of top 20 as three Chelsea stars finish ahead of him


Goal.com has released its annual list of the top 50 players of the calendar year. This time around, it was fans who voted for their favourites.

Lionel Messi tops the list, with Cristiano Ronaldo finishing behind him. No Chelsea player is present in the top 5 despite the Blues’ Champions League success.

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Here is what the top 10 looks like:

  1. Leo Messi
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. Robert Lewandowski
  4. Mohamed Salah
  5. Kylian Mbappe
  6. Erling Haaland
  7. Karim Benzema
  8. N’Golo Kante
  9. Kevin De Bruyne
  10. Neymar

Kante is the highest-ranked Chelsea player, with Romelu Lukaku finishing in 11th and Edouard Mendy at the 20th spot.

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Surprisingly, Jorginho is at the 22nd position here despite being one of the bookies’ top 5 favourites to win the Ballon d’Or!

Clearly, the fans who voted believe that Mendy and Kante were better players across the year than the Italian midfielder

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