The Argentine legend, Lionel Messi won his first international trophy and gave his nation the first international honor under his reign by winning the Copa America on Saturday night by defeating Brazil. Also, he has performed brilliantly in the season, being the highest goal scorer and assister of the tournament with 4 goals and 5 assists respectively. With this, he may win another Ballon d’Or this year, which could be his seventh.
Messi as a favorite
The World Cup, the European Championship, and Copa America tend to go some way to determine the Ballon d’Or winner for this year. Messi is certainly deserving as well as one of the favorites for this award with making his nation the champion of Copa America for the 15th time.
His statistics this year
Messi has brilliantly shown his class this year by scoring 38 goals out of his 47 appearances. He also performed 14 assists and was the man of the match on 26 occasions. In his mentioned statistics, he netted 9 out of 12 goals for Argentina this summer. Also, he finished LaLiga Santander as Pichichi. Along with winning the Copa America title, he also won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona.
Anyone who can compete with Messi in this run?
Some players could win that Ballon d’Or. But none of them are as deserving as Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo performed well in the EURO 2020 but didn’t win the European championship. Nor did Kylian Mbappe win the Champions League or Ligue 1. Also, Robert Lewandowski was able to break the scoring records in Germany, but his performance at the EURO 02020 was not up to the mark.
Though there are possibilities of some players who could probably win the Ballon d’Or. Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci might be the ones whom the authority are probably looking for. Also, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount of Chelsea might be considered for their wins in the Champions League.