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Messi 7th Ballon dOr Award: 2 Reasons He Does Not Deserve It (OPINION)

ARTICLE SOURCE: MY OPINION

On November 29, 2021, the Ballon d'Or Accolade, the most prestigious individual award in international soccer, was presented in Paris, France. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), N'Golo Kanté and Jorginho (Chelsea FC), Kylian Mbappé, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), and Kevin De Bruyne (Liverpool FC) were among the ten (10) finalists for the Ballon d'Or award (Manchester City).

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi's arch-rival and Manchester United star, placed sixth (6th). The Red Devils' attacker will finish outside the top five for the first time in eleven (11) years (5). Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Argentina's captain won his seventh (7th) Ballon d'Or Award, while Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski placed second but earned the inaugural Striker of the Year Award.

Robert Lewandowski was widely expected to win the title this year after being denied the honor in 2020. Unfortunately for the Poles, the award went to the Argentine captain. With the points listed below, Lionel Messi does not deserve the award.

First and foremost, Robert Lewandowski deserves the prize more than Lionel Messi for what he has accomplished as an individual player and with Bayern Munich this year. At the very least, the award's criteria include the amount of goals scored and trophies won, both of which Robert Lewandowski has. Robert Lewandowski leads the way in terms of goal contributions and titles won.

In fifty-four (54) games, the Bayern Munich forward contributed seventy-six (76) goals, including sixty-four (64) goals and twelve (12) assists. In fifty-six (56) games, Lionel Messi scored forty-one (41) goals and supplied eighteen (18) assists for a total of fifty-nine (59) goals.

Likewise, in the year 2021, the Argentine captain won the Copa America with his national side and the Copa Del Rey with Barcelona FC when he played with the Spanish superpower. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, won more trophies than the Poles. He was the winner of three (3) trophies, including the Bundesliga.

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