Right after Lionel Messi claimed the seventh Ballon d’Or of his career, Lionel Messi said in his own words that the award rival Robert Lewandowski should’ve won it last year which is very true in my opinion. ‘You deserve your Ballon D’Or. Last year, everyone was in agreement to say that you were the big winner,’ the PSG star said on stage at the lavish ceremony in Paris on Monday last week.
The Argentine is unquestionably one of the very greatest, if not the greatest player ever to ever play the game of football, and we should enjoy these final years of his glittering career with retirement on not-too-distant horizon for the world would miss his scintillating football ability, I would miss it as sometimes I tell myself the day he retires I might just cry for they would never be another like him in a really long time after him.
But to claim that he is still the finest football player in the world in 2021, of all years? It’s a debatable choice.
The decision to award Messi his seventh Ballon d’Or has been met with some criticism. The debate has raged on social media, particularly in Germany, where former Real Madrid great Iker Casillas claims Messi’s recent achievement has undermined his faith in football honours.
Despite some of the outrage, there is still a decent arguments in favour of the former Barcelona superstar that he deserved it absolutely. Even when surrounded by a deeply dysfunctional team at the Camp Nou, Messi managed to carry his team to third in La Liga satander table and still claim a Copa del Rey last season
From the turn of the year until his surprising summer exit, the veteran attacker scored 28 goals in 29 games for the Catalan giants, including a brace in the final against Athletic Bilbao.
While claiming third in the Spanish top flight is no achievement for a club like Barca, just look and see how much his former side have struggled since he departed for Paris Saint-Germain. Prior to his move to Paris, Messi also spear-headed Argentina’s win in Copa America for not only he was the best player in Copa America but also the best player in the competition, their first trophy in 28 years and the only international honour Lionel Messi has won with the senior international team as a burden was finally lifted from his shoulders.
While all that is enough to easily get him into top five or top three in the world for sure, it’s just not quite as momentous as what his competition got up to
While Messi had a very good year with Barcelona and Argentina, the second half of 2021 did not really depict he had much impact on his team.
The 34-year-old has scored just six times since arriving at PSG across 12 appearances. While he pulled off a hat-trick of assists last weekend, it took him until late November to finally score his first Ligue 1 goal.
Messi can still be a roaring success at PSG, but based on his recent form, he should’ve been firmly behind Lewandowski in the voters’ minds, so I really get why football fans would be mad he still later won the Ballon d’or.
Additionally, Messi’s goal currently is to win the champions league with Paris Saint German and the world cup with Argentina as it is his primary goal towards achieving more trophies for where he finds himself. He is the greatest.