Football royalty is set to gather at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris today, for the ceremony to crown the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner in both men’s and women’s football.

The criteria to win a Ballon d’Or covers a variety of things. The level of performance put in by the player throughout the season is, of course, recognized, with statistics such as goals scored, assists provided, the performance of the player’s team, and the leadership is shown.

Trophies won by the player are also taken into account, as well as the importance of said trophies, and the Copa America win with Argentina could well tip things in Messi’s favor this year, while the player’s image on and off the pitch is also considered.

The race to be crowned the best men’s player of 2021 is between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, with Karim Benzema the third favorite.

Robert Lewandowski has reportedly finished third in this year’s Ballon d’Or rankings, with Lionel Messi rumored to win his record seventh award.

However, according to Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol, Lewandowski has been edged out by Messi and Karim Benzema, who finishes second in the Ballon d’Or race.