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When is the 2021 Ballon d’Or? Which City players are nominated?

Manchester City have six players in contention for the 2021 Ballon d’Or awards, which are set to return after a two-year hiatus.

After last season’s ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the prestigious annual event is back in the football calendar and the winners of the men's and women’s prizes will be revealed later this month.

City have five representatives in the men’s category, whilst one player has been shortlisted for the women’s trophy.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the ceremony.

When is the 2021 Ballon d’Or awarded?

The presentation is taking place in Paris on Monday 29 November.

Which City players have been nominated for the men’s award?

Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling have all been named on the 30-man shortlist and our five nominations means we are level with Chelsea as the best represented club.

Full list of nominees: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Jorginho (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedri (Barcelona), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid).

Which City players have been nominated for the women’s award?

Ellen White is the only City player to be shortlisted in the women’s category. She is one of 20 players in contention for the prize.

Full list of nominees: Kadidiatou Diani (PSG), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jennifer Hermoso (Barcelona), Christiane Endler (Lyon), Christine Sinclair (Thorns FC), Ashley Lawrence (PSG), Irene Paredes (PSG, Barcelona), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea), Lieke Martens (Barcelona), Sandra Panos (Barcelona), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Ellen White (Manchester City), Pernille Harder (Chelsea), Sam Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG), Stina Blackstenius (Hacken), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Alexia Putellas (Barcelona).

Which other awards will be revealed at the Ballon d’Or ceremony?

The Yashin Trophy, which honours the best goalkeeper of the last 12-months, will also be handed out on the night.

Ederson has been included on the 10-men shortlist for the prize which is named in honour of the legendary Russian goalkeeper, Lev Yashin.

The winner will be selected by former Ballon d’Or winners.

Full list of nominees: Gianliuigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Ederson (Manchester City) Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Edouard Mendy (Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) and Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan).

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How is the Ballon d’Or winner decided?

The Ballon d’Or is handed out by France Football magazine, whose editorial team compiled the initial shortlists.

The winners of both the men’s and women’s awards are decided by a vote between the managers and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world.

How can I watch the ceremony?

You will be able to watch the ceremony on L’Equipe‘s YouTube channel.

Over the next seven days, we will be reminding you of our players achievements during the past 12-months with a series of features here on and the official app.

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