When it comes to competing for the Ballon d’Or, there is no player better than Messi. Despite his age, Leo is still at the forefront of professional football. The list of Ballon d’Or nominees is in and the PSG star is the number one contender.
The 2021 Ballon d’Or list of nominees was just announced by France Football, the French publication that delivers this award every year. You might think that Messi is happy with six of these trophies but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, he wasn’t willing to give up on his Copa America dream until he won the tournament. After losing three finals in previous editions, Leo finally got to lift the coveted title with a new generation of Argentine players. This alone is one of the reasons he deserves a spot inside the Ballon d’Or podium. But Leo’s contributions go far beyond what the eye can see at first glance. He dominated all individual stats throughout the season. Only other players like Robert Lewandowski (50) or Erling Haaland (41) scored more goals than he did throughout the natural year (37). All the other stats were dominated by Leo, there simply is no contest.
Messi⭐️The Best Player of 2021pic.twitter.com/xIzeuYIpTG— TR (@MessixEra) October 1, 2021
What about the other nominees?
In terms of collective accolades throughout 2021, there is Jorginho. Yes, the Italian midfielder did win the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea and the European Championship. He was quite important to both of his squads but we get the feeling booths sides could’ve probably won the same trophies without him. Whereas Messi was instrumental in the two titles he won this year for Barcelona and Argentina. That performance in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club will be hard to forget, especially since he scored his final goal for the Blaugranas that evening. It’s also been established that the Copa America was his playground throughout the entire contest. There’s no way any of his competitors will take this Ballon d’Or away from him. Feel free to check out the 30-player nominee list down below.
List of nominees:
Srry man— Aditya (@Aditya60251070) October 9, 2021
But Messi deserves 2021 ballon d'or
Lewa was robbed in 2020 everybody knows that but 2021 was Messi’s year
Incredible stats at club and country level Messi clearly deserves it. pic.twitter.com/PBDh7BYE4B
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