Women's Ballon d'Or: Ellen White and Fran Kirby on shortlist

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Ellen White and Fran Kirby are competing for the title of first English player to win a Ballon d'Or after Michael Owen's 2001 death.

Fran Kirby and Ellen White from England are part of the 20-strong shortlist to receive the 2021 Women's Ballon d'Or Award.

Kirby, 28 years old, helped Chelsea win the Women's Super League. She scored 16 goals in 18 league matches and was named the PFA/FWA player of year.

White, 32, scored 15 goals for Manchester City in 32 games last season, but they didn't win a trophy.

Five Chelsea players are shortlisted for the title of world's most outstanding player. Also, Arsenal striker Vivianne Mildema is on the shortlist.

Other Blues candidates include Magdalena Eriksson (Sam Kerr), Pernille Harter, Jessie Fleming, and Pernille Harer.

Emma Hayes' team is the most represented, alongside European champions Barcelona.

This is only the third edition the Women's Ballon d'Or. Ada Hegerberg was awarded the 2018 award, Megan Rapinoe won in 2019, but there was no award last year due to the Covid pandemic.

Harder, a forward from Denmark, was second at Wolfsburg in 2018. Lucy Bronze, England's runner-up, was not on the shortlist this year.

Since 1956, the men's award has been in existence.

France Football will announce the winner at Paris' Theatre du Chatelet on 29 November.

Women's Ballon d'Or nominees

Alexia Putellas in Barcelona Spain, Magdalena Eriksson in Chile, Sam Kerr, Chile, Australia, Stina Blackstenius, Stina Blackstenius, Hacken, Sweden, Wendie Renard, (Chelsea), Canada), Irene Paredes, Barcelona, Spain), Sandra Panos (Barcelona), Sandra Panos (Barcelona), Sandra Panos (Barcelona), Sandra Panos, Sandra Panoto, Chile), Jennifer Hermoso, Spain), Fran Kirby, England), Kadou Diani (PSG)

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