ARTICLE SOURCE: MY OPINION
We watched an unforgettable moment in Lionel Messi's career yesterday, when he won the 2021 Ballon d'Or for the seventh time, defeating Bayern Munich's Roberto Lewandowski by 33 points. As exciting as the ceremony was, I believe three decisions were made incorrectly.
1. PEDRI WINS AN AWARD AHEAD OF GREENWOOD AND FODEN
Pedri, Barcelona's young midfielder, had a wonderful day when he was named the winner of the Kopa Trophy for best U-21 player. I don't think he should have won the trophy ahead of two good England teenagers, Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden.
I honestly don't comprehend France's football versus guys from other leagues. If we analyze these decisions solely on the basis of performance, we can conclude that Pedri does not deserve to win.
Mason Greenwood scored 25 goals and added 10 assists for Manchester United in all competitions over the last two seasons in a total of 42 games. On the other hand, Phil Foden played a key role in Manchester City's victory. He appeared in 45 games, scoring 23 goals and dishing out 22 assists. He also reached the finals of the UEFA Champions League and won the Premier League twice.
Despite these impressive numbers, they chose Pedri, who had only three assists in 47 games, a pass accuracy of 72 percent, a tackle success rate of 37 percent, a total of 18 shots on target, and three goals in his career.
Pedri is expected to score or, better yet, be involved in the attack, although his stats are quite low when compared to Mount and Greenwood.
2. LIONEL MESSI WINNING THE BALLON D'OR AHEAD OF LEWANDOWSKI
Because the Ballon d'Or did not take place last season, Lewandowski would have received the trophy as a reward for his outstanding performance the previous season. He outscored Messi and broke Gerard Müller's record of 64 goals in 54 games in all competitions, which had stood for a long period. The Poland international kept up his excellent form this season, including a stunning goal in the UEFA Champions League, but he only received the best striker award. Even Messi agreed that Lewandowski deserved to win.
Yesterday, I didn't think these two selections were correct.
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