Thirty three points.
This is what separates Lionel Messi from Robert Lewandowski at the top of the ranking of votes for the 2021 Ballon d'Or. A few minutes after the seventh coronation of the former Barcelona, France Football revealed the count of the votes of the journalists responsible for electing the lucky one.
And the Argentinian wins there with 613 points, ahead of the Pole's 580.
A fairly small gap.
As a reminder, each of the 180 journalists offers 6 points to the player he considers first, 4 points for the second, 3 points for the third, 2 points for the fourth and 1 point for the fifth.
And if, for a while, we thought he could dream of victory, to see Karim Benzema so far from the front is a little shock.
Despite his magnificent year with Real and with the Blues, the striker finished only fourth in the standings.
Above all, a chasm of more than 200 points separates him from Jorginho, third.
The midfielder, winner of the Euro, totals 460 points, while Karim Benzema has only 239.
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The show continues.
Just behind “KB9”, N'Golo Kanté achieved a nice top 5 with 186 points, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, 6th.
Kylian Mbappé is only 9th, with 58 points.
The top 10 ranking:
1. Lionel Messi 613 points.
2. Robert Lewandowski580 pts.
3. Jorginho 460 pts.
4. Karim Benzema 239 pts.
5. N'Golo Kanté 186 pts.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo 178 pts.
7. Mohamed Salah 121 pts.
8. Kevin De Bruyne 73 pts.
9. Kylian Mbappé 58 pts.
10. Gianluigi Donnarumma 36 pts.