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Learning English Through Football Podcast: 2021 Ballon d’Or

In this football language podcast for learners of English who love the beautiful game, we look at some of the language used to describe the winners from the 2021 Ballon d’Or awards. You can read a transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

Learning English Through Football Podcast: 2021 Ballon d’Or

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DF: Hi everyone, this is Damian from the team and we hope you are all well. This is the podcast for all fans of the beautiful game of football who wish to improve their English and on today’s show we are going to talk about the best players in the world – the winners of the 2021 Ballon d’Or trophies to be exact – and we will feature some of the language used to describe the 2021 winners (Leo Messi and Alexia Putellas)

Stinger: You are listening to (in Catalan).

Alexia Putellas

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The winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or for the women’s game was Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas. She finished ahead of her Barcelona team mate Jenni Hermoso by over 100 votes so we can clearly say that she was a deserved winner. Putellas captained her side Barcelona to their first ever Champions League title this year after a 4-0 thrashing of English side Chelsea in the final – Putellas scored one and also had an assist. Her club also won the treble after dominating the 2021 Spanish season and Putellas scored 18 league goals in that campaign. A worthy winner.

Lionel Messi

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Unlike the women’s award, the men’s version was a little less straightforward with no real standout candidate. Some wanted Italian midfielder Jorginho after his performances in the Euros and with his club side Chelsea, while others saw Polish striker Lewandowski as being a worthy winner after yet another successful goal scoring season with Bayern Munich. But instead the title went to Leo Messi after his performances helped Argentina to the Copa America title in the summer. They defeated Brazil, of course, at the famous Maracanã stadium and Messi was joint top scorer in the tournament with four goals. This was Messi’s seventh – seventh – Ballon d’Or award – two more than his rival Ronaldo. I wonder if the 34 year old PSG player can win another title – maybe after the 2022 World Cup?

Stinger: You are listening to (fan from Uzbekistan).

Good Bye

DF: Yes, you are listening to – that message was from a fan in Uzbekistan and we would be delighted to hear from other fans of the show who wish to say hi on our podcast – simply send us an audio file telling us how to say ‘you are listening to’ in any other language.

And don’t forget that there’s a transcript to this podcast and lots of vocabulary support which you can access by coming along to our site. We also have a football language forum where fans of the beautiful game can ask and answer questions on all kinds of football language – go along and join in the football language discussion.

OK, that’s it for this short podcast. You can find lots more football language on our site here at, including our football glossary and of course all of our podcasts too! Enjoy all the football this week and we’ll see you again soon. Bye.

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