Lionel Messi has added the Ballon d’OR to his cart, making him the first player in history to win the highly coveted award for the seventh time. Not surprisingly, an elated Messi receiving the golden ball, turned to fellow contender Lewandowski and said,
“It’s an honour to compete with you Robert. You deserve your Ballon D’Or. Last year, everyone was in agreement to say that you were the big winner.”
The Argentine forward and former Barcelona star also expressed joy and satisfaction in seeing that he could achieve his objectives.
In his words, Lionel Messi said :
“Today I’m here in Paris. I am very happy, really very happy, I really want to continue to fight and reach new objectives. I don’t know how many more years but I am really enjoying myself. I thank my team-mates at Barça, Paris & Argentina”.
Although many had thought Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich and Germany team would be handed the Ballon D’or for 2021. However, the reverse was the case as Messi snatched the award by 33 points.
Watch full coverage of the Ballon D’OR Event
How the contenders stood in contest for the Best Player award
- Messi: 613
- Lewandowski: 580
- Jorginho: 460
- Benzema: 239
- Kanté: 186
- Ronaldo: 178
- Salah: 121
- De Bruyne: 73
- Mbappé: 58
- Donnarumma: 36
By this list, if Messi had not won, Lewandowski would have won but arch rival of Messi, former Juventus striker and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, could not make it to top 5 meaning not anywhere close to winning this year Ballon d’OR.
Ronaldo was ranked outside the top 3 for the first time since 201o.
Lionel Messi’s Performance in 2o21
⚽️ 41 goals
🅰️ 17 assists
🏟 56 games
🏆 Copa Del Rey
🏆 Copa America
🇪🇸 La Liga Top Scorer
🇦🇷 Copa America Best Player
🔥 Copa America joint top scorer
Other facts of the Ballon dOR
This is the first time since Xavi (3rd) and Andrés Iniesta (4th) in 2012 that two midfielders from the same club have been named in the top five for the Men’s Ballon d’Or.
◉ 3rd – Jorginho
◉ 5th – N’Golo Kanté
READ ALSO – Best FIFA Football Awards 2021: Nominees Are…
What You Should Know
The magazine France Football is responsible for the Ballon d’Or, while football’s world governing body, FIFA, is the driving force behind The Best.